One person was shot dead in Olympia, Washington, on Saturday, and four people were stabbed to death in Washington, DC, as protesters clashed with counter-protesters over the presidential election, racial injustice and pandemic restrictions.
All of the victims of the stab wounds in Washington, DC, were believed to have suffered serious injuries on Saturday night, said Doug Buchanan, spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services division.
In addition, at least one police officer suffered minor injuries in unrelated combat, Buchanan said. A total of eight people were taken to hospitals for medical treatment, he said.
A suspect was arrested in the shooting in Olympia, said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Darren Wright, who pointed out that pro-President Donald Trump and anti-Trump protesters were clashing in and around the Capital Campus and that some protesters were preparing for violence too seemed to be.
“Both sides have heavily armed individuals in the groups,” he said. “We had sporadic confrontations all day.”
Wright said authorities had declared an illegal gathering that caused many protesters to disperse.
Back in the country’s capital, Metropolitan Police Department officials were arrested at least half a dozen people when “March For Trump” protesters clashed with counter-demonstrators. Pro-Trump protesters sang: “Another four years” and “We want Trump”.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Infowars host Alex Jones spoke at the event. Videos posted on social media showed people wearing the insignia and black and yellow colors of Proud Boys, a group the FBI has linked to white nationalism.
Marine One, the name for a military helicopter when the President is on board, flew according to a Tweet by Dan Scavino, White House Social Media Director.
Trump card tweeted a video of protesters chanting “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
The video, verified by NBC News, shows protesters in dark clothes and helmets attacking a man a few blocks from Lafayette Square.