PORTLAND, Ore. – The 14-year-old who shot and injured a man on the Morrison Bridge last November during a protest of President Donald Trump was committed to the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) after pleading “no contest” to assault charges.
OYA officials said the boy could be in their custody for over a decade, as he cannot be committed past his 25th birthday. They say it’s also possible he is released on parole and placed in a residential program before that time.
Witnesses said the 14-year-old was with a group that got out of a car during the protest early Friday morning. Police said he shot a protester in the leg and grazed another person’s head with a bullet before the group jumped back into the car and took off.
Officers also arrested the driver, 18-year-old Shamar Xavier Hunter, and a passenger tied to the shooting, however the passenger was later released from police custody.
The 14-year-old was booked in the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on attempted murder and unlawful use of weapon charges. He later pleaded guilty to the weapons charge and “no contest” two two counts of second-degree assault.
While the reason for the shooting is still unclear, a Portland Police spokesperson initially said they believe it was gang-related.