Incident Summary:

08/29/2020: An assailant opened fire and killed Aaron "Jay" Danielson, a supporter of the Patriot Prayer group, in Portland, Oregon, United States. Michael Forest Reinoehl, an Anti-Fascist activist, claimed responsibiity for the incident, stating that he acted in self-defense. Reinoehl previously posted "I am 100% ANTIFA all the way!" and "We truly have an opportunity right now to fix everything. But it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties" on social media.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the intersection of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Patriot Prayer
Specific Description Supporter: Aaron "Jay" Danielson
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .380-caliber pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The assailant claimed that his actions were in self-defense after being attacked.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Fascist Activists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mayor Wheeler, Chief Lovell to address fatal shooting in downtown Portland,", August 30, 2020.