The person shot lifeless after a Portland rally was “hunted” down in what his pal who was with him believes was a “deliberate” execution.
“They executed my associate,” Chandler Pappas informed the Widespread Sense Conservative about watching Aaron “Jay” Danielson’s demise Saturday within the newest spherical of violence within the Oregon metropolis.
“They hunted him down — they hunted us down,” he mentioned, believing the gunman observed their caps in help of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, which Pappas once more wore throughout the interview.
“It didn’t even register that somebody was pointing a gun at us till the photographs went off and he took off working,” he mentioned of the shooting that was caught on video.
“I flip to verify on my associate and he’s on the bottom,” he recalled.
“They blew his coronary heart out. He was most likely lifeless earlier than he hit the bottom,” he mentioned.
He insisted the shooter was a stranger who focused them as a result of they’d wandered away from the lots of who joined a pro-President Trump caravan within the chaotic metropolis that night time.
“I feel it was deliberate, I feel they have been on the lookout for somebody to harm,” Pappas mentioned.
“I feel they have been on the lookout for somebody identical to us, who was down there, unprotected — who didn’t go and convey weapons as a result of we didn’t have the intention to kill individuals,” he mentioned.
“Jay’s lifeless as a result of he believes one thing totally different than them,” he mentioned, insisting his 39-year-old friend was “not a racist” or xenophobe.
“He’s an impartial man. And he’s man. And he didn’t do something to earn a bullet within the chest,” he mentioned.
Pappas urged Trump to “ship troops” to cease the rioters. Requested when they need to come, he mentioned, “90 days in the past.”
“If we don’t get a deal with on this, extra persons are going to die. Anyone who’s learn a historical past e book will let you know that,” he mentioned.
“That is gone the purpose of a civil dialog.”
Police within the Metropolis of Roses have but to announce any arrests, however reportedly are investigating Michael Reinoehl, an ex-military man who has known as himself “100% ANTIFA” and prepared for “warfare.”
A police spokesman insisted these experiences are “unverified and unconfirmed,” saying, “Please permit the detectives time to do a radical investigation.”