A 48-year-old man who described himself on social media as “100% Antifa” is under investigation for a deadly Portland shooting that occurred over the weekend, reports The Oregonian.
Sources say authorities are looking into Michael Reinoehl as a possible suspect in the killing that happened near Southwest Third Avenue and Alder Street in downtown Portland just before 9 p.m. Saturday. The victim, Aaron “Jay” Danielson, was a supporter of the conservative group Patriot Prayer and was shot in the chest. He died almost instantly in the street.
The altercation followed a pro-Trump car parade that traversed through downtown Portland where an estimated 2,500 vehicles displaying flags and other signs of support for the president flooded into the embattled left-wing city.
TRUMP CAR PARADE IN PORTLAND!!??????
There has never been a car or boat parade for Joe Biden!
— Kyle Martinsen (@KyleMartinsen_) August 30, 2020
Footage from earlier in the day shows Antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorists hurling projectiles from an overpass onto the pro-Trump cars as they approached the city. Antifa rioters threw rocks, eggs, and other projectiles at the drivers as some cars responded by shooting paintballs and firing pepper spray, reports The Post Millennial. Further chaos soon erupted with left-wing agitators confronting vehicles in the conservative caravan as they moved through town, hurling their bodies in front of moving pickup trucks.
On 29 Aug., antifa clashed w/participants of a pro-Trump car caravan that drove into downtown Portland. Far-left rioters hurled projectiles at the cars & their passengers, & were hit w/pepper spray in return. Later, a caravan participant was killed. https://t.co/q4hPBpM1ws pic.twitter.com/HUr5duaXWb
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 31, 2020
Just before 9 p.m., two shots rang out and Danielson was hit in the chest. In video of the shooting a man appears to yell, “we got one right here” before the shots were fired. Danielson was wearing clothing in support of police officers, according to The Post Millennial.
— bruh1234 (@bruh12321606166) August 30, 2020
Sources tell The Oregonian a family member identified Reinoehl as a man captured in photos and video fleeing the shooting scene. On social media, Reinoehl frequently posted hashtags in support of the far left including #blacklivesmatter, #anewnation and #breonnataylor. He also indicated he had attended many riots in Portland since late June and had a tattoo of a black power fist on his neck, reports journalist Andy Ngo. Portland police report ten other people were arrested during Saturday evening’s mayhem.
At a demonstration on July 5, Reinoehl was cited just after 2 a.m. on allegations of possessing a loaded gun in a public place, resisting arrest, and interfering with police business, according to The Oregonian. Reports show Reinoehl was given a court date later that month, but the charges were dropped on July 30 with a “no complaint.” Court documents do not show why prosecutors dropped the case against him.
Katie Daviscourt, a Seattle conservative activist and friends with the victim, told the Post Millennial “[Danielson] wasn’t a violent type. [He] just loved this country and our president.”
Portland mayor Ted Wheeler doubled down on blaming President Trump for the three months straight of relentless violence and rioting in his city, claiming at a press conference, “it’s you who have created the hate.”