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Police arrest 3, investigate nearby shooting after group marches to Kelly Building for 2nd straight night

Two people who police say marched with the group were later involved in a shooting about a half-mile away from the Kelly Building.
Credit: Mike Galimanis, KGW
In August, protesters gather outside the Kelly Building in Southeast Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police arrested three people after a group marched to the Penumbra Kelly Building in Portland for the second night in a row. Officers also investigated a shooting nearby that police said involved two people who had earlier marched with the group.

At around 10 p.m. Tuesday, a group of about 75 people met at Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland and marched about a half-mile to the Kelly Building, located on East Burnside near 47th Avenue.

The group arrived shortly before 10:30 p.m. The Kelly Building has been the site of previous clashes between demonstrators and police throughout the year.

Portland police warned the group to stay off the property and threatened arrest and the use of force if the order wasn’t followed.

In a press release, police said some members of the group walked onto the property shortly after midnight and were arrested. Police released information on the three arrests made overnight:

  • Laura Sutton, 33, of Flagstaff, Arizona — interfering with a peace officer; third-degree escape
  • Tracy Lynn Molina, 47, of Logsden, Oregon — resisting arrest; second-degree trespass; second-degree disorderly conduct; interfering with a peace officer
  • Simona Arteaga, 39, of Portland — interfering with a peace officer; second-degree trespass

The group left the area by 1 a.m., police said.

Police also said that two people who marched with the group were later involved in a shooting at around 10:30 p.m. in the area of Northeast Glisan Street and 44th Avenue, about a half-mile away from the Kelly Building.

According to police, the two got into an argument that led to the shooting. Both were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.

No arrests were made during Monday night's demonstration outside the Kelly Building and there were no physical clashes between police and demonstrators. Police said a protester threw a lit molotov cocktail during the demonstration but the fire extinguished.

Protests in Portland resumed last week after a brief hiatus due to wildfires across the state blanketing the city in smoky and unhealthy air conditions. Prior to that, there had been more than 100 consecutive nights of demonstrations, many of which ended with clashes between police and protesters, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.