Man charged with murder in shooting at Portland protest

As they were working, she said, a man approached them and shouted that they were “violent terrorists”, repeatedly called them misogynistic vulgarity and accused them of being responsible for the violence in the city. The women were about a block from Mr. Smith’s house.

She said he threatened them, saying, “If I see you walking past my house, I’ll shoot you.”

Ms Beck said Ms Knightly approached the man and said, “You’re not going to scare us. You are not going to intimidate us.

The shooter then shot Ms Knightly in the face, Ms Beck said.

Ms Beck said she was shot twice and saw two of her friends, including Ms Knightly, on the floor covered in blood.

Police declined to provide a motive for the attack, saying it was still under investigation.

A search warrant was executed at Mr Smith’s flat over the weekend, according to his housemate, Kristine Christenson, 33, who said she had lived with him for seven years.

Mr Smith, a stagehand, had become increasingly radicalized in recent years, Ms Christenson said.

“He talked about wanting to shoot people all the time, how much he hated Antifa and Black Lives Matter and ‘those fucking commies,'” she said.

Ms Christenson said Mr Smith wore a shirt that read “Kyle Rittenhouse true patriot”, referring to the man from Illinois who was acquitted of criminal charges after fatally shooting two men and injuring another during protests against police conduct in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020.

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