This is a breaking news update, details are still emerging. The far-right People’s Convoy reportedly opened fire with live rounds at anti-fascist counter protesters today on I-205 freeway in Oregon. Independent journalist Alissa Azar confirmed that two shots were fired and that no counter protesters were injured.
Anti-fascist activists reportedly were throwing paint-filled balloons on convoy vehicles from an overpass. After some of the convoy stopped, gunshots could be heard on Proud Boys livestreamer Josh Fulfer and Capitol rioter livestreamer Christopher Brow’s videos. Brow’s livestream also appears to show an alleged shooter pulling a sidearm out right as shots are heard.
The People’s Convoy began in Adelanto, California and traveled all the way to Washington D.C. and back, and they’ve now moved up to the Pacific North West of the United States. They have been decrying the vaccine and mask mandates for COVID-19 safety, but have been pivoting to other far-right issues as mandates nationally come to an end. As far back as two months ago; it was clear that the convoy was filled to the brim with far-right militants, many of whom openly bragged that they were armed. I’ve independently confirmed convoy participation from Proud Boys, Three Percenters (III%ers), Confederate supporters, KKK-supporters, and Capitol rioters. Three Percenters leader Erik Rohde claims that he has been consulting the convoy since February. One of the pro-KKK convoy paritipcants even met with Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
Law enforcement around the country have failed to protect respective communities from this fascist menace that has resulted from the People’s Convoy. After harassing Washington D.C. for weeks, they’re now resorting to using lethal force against any that would stand in their way.
For more details on the extremist involvement of the People’s Convoy, I’ve documented some of the most dangerous and important figures on the ground.
"That wasn't them!"
Despite publicly denying responsibility for this shooting and even blaming anti-fascists, video surfaced showing the People's Convoy admitting to knowing that their side opened fire. The speakers in the video also seem to suggest "popcorn" is their designated codeword for opening fire or a shooting. It's likely that even more shots were fired in and around this time by the convoy.