A friend of the right wing activist and Donald Trump supporter shot dead in Portland Saturday says his 'partner was hunted down and executed'.
Chandler Pappas was with Aaron Jay Danielson, 39, on Saturday as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Trump supporters who drove in a caravan through the city. Danielson was gunned down after his attackers said 'we got a couple of them right here, pull it out', according to Pappas.
Both men were supporters of right-wing group Patriot Prayer and wearing hats with its logo. Pappas told ?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen: 'They recognized our Patriot Prayer hats. They executed my partner. They hunted him down.'
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was on Monday identified by anonymous police sources cited by The Oregonian as the man under investigation for the shooting. No one has been arrested in the case.
Urging the president to send troops to Portland, Pappas added: 'Jay is dead because he believed something different from them. He did not do anything to earn a bullet in the chest.'
He denied there was any confrontation in the moments before the shooting, saying: 'We had no idea who this guy was, I know he didn't know who Jay was. I think they isolated us and thought they could get away with it
'I think it was planned, I think they were looking for someone to hurt. I think they were looking for someone just like us, unprotected who didn't bring guns because we didn't have the intention to kill anyone.'
Chandler Pappas, pictured, was with Aaron Jay Danielson, 39, on Saturday as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Trump supporters who drove in a caravan through the city. Pappas told The Common Sense Conservative : 'They recognized our Patriot Prayer hats. They executed my partner. They hunted him down'
The victim was Aaron Jay Danielson, pictured. He was a member of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer
This is one of the videos that was circulating on social media from Saturday's shooting. It's unclear if this is the image Reinoehl's sister had seen
The man under investigation for the shooting is a 48-year-old father-of-two whose own family turned him in to police after spotting him in videos from the night of violence.
Reinoehl's estranged sister said she received a phone call threatening that their family would be in danger unless they turned him in to police. She then looked online and saw photographs of her brother circulating.
'We reached out to police and confirmed that we recognized Michael in the screenshots. On the one hand, this whole thing surprises the daylights out of us, because we always thought he is a lot of bark, not a lot of bite. But he’s also been very impulsive and irrational,' she said.
'Violence begets violence and hatred begets hatred. This is not the solution. My heart goes out to the victim. It always has, before I even knew my brother was involved.'
She claimed her brother is troubled and that they have not been in touch for three years. In the past, she said he'd stolen their mother's seizure medication and is in debt. He has a son and daughter from a previous relationship but is no longer involved with the mother.
Reinoehl, according to his social media pages, has been attending the riots in Portland since the end of May.
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was identified by anonymous police sources cited by The Oregonian. His estranged sister also reported him to the police after recognizing him in videos from Saturday night's shooting. The 48-year-old has a long arrest record. He has been attending protests in Portland since May and sharing photos and videos from them including this one (left). He describes himself online as '100% ANTIFA'. He has not been arrested or charged
Police arrived on the scene 'within a minute' of when gunshots rang out. The victim is seen wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group whose members have frequently clashed with protesters in Portland in the past
Portland police hold back Pappas who was with the victim of Saturday night's fatal shooting minutes after the incident
In this post, from June 16, he claims to be 100% 'ANTIFA' and says 'We do not want violence but we will not run from it either'
In a June 16 post, he ranted: 'I am 100% ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters! Even if some of them are too ignorant to realize what antifa truly stands for.
'We do not want violence but we will not run from it either! If the police continue to pick on and beat up innocent citizens that are peacefully voicing their objections, it must be met with equal force!'
He claimed on social media to have been in the army and 'hated it'.
Details of any military record are unknown.
He has a lengthy arrest record which includes violations for driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of a firearm.
In July, he was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to a protest but the charges against him were dropped. It is unclear why.
Neither prosecutors nor police in Portland would confirm his identity on Monday morning.
It came as witnesses described watching people celebrate the right-wing protester's death in the street.
Gabriel Johnson, a former Marine and Portland resident, said he went out to hear people in the street saying they 'weren't sad' that a 'Nazi fascist' had died.
'This is such a tragic event and a polarizing event for our city...And one of the things that I just came back with, and I was appalled by, is all of the people in the street celebrating,' he told Fox and Friends.
He was named as President Trump weighed in on the situation, threatening to send the National Guard.
'Rest in peace Jay!', he said, after learning of Danielson's death.
Reinoehl has been sharing photos and videos from the riots since they began. Above, a post in July
He then tweeted: 'Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!' he wrote.
'The Radical Left Mayors & Governors of Cities where this crazy violence is taking place have lost control of their "movement".
'It wasn't supposed to be like this, but the Anarchists & Agitators got carried away and don't listen anymore - even force Slow Joe out of basement!'
It remains unclear if the shooting at was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 vehicles was confronted by counter-demonstrators in the city's downtown area.
Police said the caravan had left the area around 8.30pm, and officers heard gunshots around 15 minutes later and arrived at the shooting scene 'within a minute'.
A GoFundMe set to help Bishop's family reads: 'Aaron 'Jay' Danielson was a Portland citizen who went downtown to express his opinions during the unrest and was shot and killed on the evening of Saturday August 29th.'
In footage taken later in the night one woman can be heard telling a cheering crowd: 'I am not sad that a f***ing fascist died tonight.'
The person who appeared to fire the shots and a handful of other people nearby then flee out of view as the victim staggers for a few feet and collapses on the ground.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more