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Four detained in Portland in connection with shooting at protest

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Published: Nov. 12, 2016 at 6:50 AM CST
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Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have detained four people in connection with a shooting that left one wounded during a protest of President-elect Donald Trump.

A news release says police believe the four are gang members.

The arrests follow a shooting on a bridge where people gathered Friday night and early Saturday morning to protest.

Police said on Twitter that they were, "investigating shooting on Morrison Bridge. One person down. Everyone needs to leave the area immediately!"

Police had earlier tweeted that protesters were headed to the bridge, which spans the Willamette River in Portland. Authorities were asking potential witnesses to "line up on the south side of the bridge and wait to talk to police."

According to a Portland PD news release, "In the early morning hours of Saturday November 12, 2016, a man was injured in a shooting on the Morrison Bridge during a protest march.

"Preliminary information indicates that a suspect was in a vehicle on the bridge and there was a confrontation with someone in the protest. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots injuring the victim.

Officers near the scene arrived quickly and provided medical aid until an ambulance arrived to transport the victim to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries."

Police announced Saturday afternoon that four suspects had been detained.

Prior to the reported shooting police said they used flash-bang grenades to disperse a crowd comprised of hundreds of people in the downtown Portland area.

Spurred by fear and outrage, demonstrators around the country were marching to protest Donald Trump's victory.

The spirited demonstrations Friday on college campuses and along downtown streets were mostly peaceful following previous outbreaks of window-smashing and fire-setting.

Iowa City

In Iowa City, hundreds assembled and blocked Interstate 80 for approximately 30 minutes backing up traffic for miles.

The protests began Friday afternoon when about 200 high school students walked out of class and held a rally on the University of Iowa campus, dubbed a "Not My America" protest. University students joined the protest and listened to speeches before marching through downtown and down Dubuque Street toward the freeway.

Protesters walked out onto I-80 about 5 p.m. Iowa City police and state troopers held back traffic but didn't intervene in the protests.

Protesters dispersed about a half-hour later and walked toward downtown. The protest caused huge traffic snarls on the freeway and Dubuque Street.

Kansas City

In Kansas City, more than 100 protesters gathered Friday night outside the landmark Union Station and planned to march to City Hall in an election protest.

Clutching a placard reading "Not My President," 67-year-old Kansas high school teacher David Young says he objects to what he perceived to be Trump's intolerance toward Hispanics and others during his campaign.

Young, a French and Spanish instructor from Shawnee, Kansas, says "Trump's message of hate has to be stopped," and "it goes against everything we're trying to teach."

Previous demonstrations since Tuesday's election drew thousands in New York, Los Angeles and other large urban centers. Some involved sporadic vandalism, violence and street blocking.

New York
New York Protest

Approximately 2,000 protesters marched along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan Saturday shouting "not my president" and other slogans.

The protesters rallied at New York's Union Square on Saturday before picking up steam and taking their cause into the street and toward Trump Tower.

Fifth Avenue was crowded with protesters for blocks. Police lined both sides, following along on foot and on motorcycle, but the group remained peaceful.

Chicago

In Chicago, hundreds of people including families with small children, chanted "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here" as they marched through Millennium Park, a popular downtown tourist attraction.

Twenty-nine-year-old yoga teacher Sonja Spray said she heard about the Saturday morning demonstration on Facebook and decided to join the protest. She carried a sign reading, "WOMEN are NO JOKE."

Spray, who voted for Hillary Clinton in both the primary and general elections, says she has signed an online petition urging the Electoral College to elect Clinton.

She says she's concerned Trump's election condones a view that women are "playthings" and his presidency will threaten civil rights and gay marriage. She says she's "part of the reminder that we still have a say in our own country."

Los Angeles

An estimated 200 people were arrested in Los Angeles after a mainly peaceful protest.

Police say about 3,000 people took to the streets Friday night, winding up near City Hall after several hours of marching. Some waved American flags or carried signs reading "Not My President."

Police began breaking up the protest at around 2 a.m. Saturday and arrested people for failure to disperse.