PORTLAND'S so-called MAGA martyr was "hunted down and executed" for his political beliefs, claims a close friend.
Aaron 'Jay' Danielson -known as Jay Bishop -was shot dead on Saturday night during clashes between Trump supporters and BLM protesters.
After the shooting pro-cop Bishop was pictured lying on the ground wearing a Patriot Prayer cap and a Blue Lives Matter patch on his pants.
Chandler Pappas was with the 39 year old when he was killed after his attackers apparently said "we got a couple of them right here."
The shooter then opened fire and ran off, he revealed..
Pappas told The Common Sense Conservative: "They recognized our Patriot Prayer hats. They executed my partner. They hunted him down."
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, has been identified by anonymous police sources as the man under investigation for the shooting.
It's been reported he bragged about being "100 percent Antifa" and allegedly took a loaded gun to protests.
However, one has yet been arrested over the killing.
Pappas said: "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 before the shooting adding: "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."
Pappas also revealed his shock immediately after the shooting.
"It takes a second for you to process everything that happened. 'Did he just shoot at me?'" he said.
"I'm OK. I turn over and Jay's dead because he believed something different.
"Jay's not a racist, a xenophobe or whatever. He's not an 'ist' or 'ism.'"
He then went on to speak about the ongoing clashes which have rocked Portland.
"We have a First Amendment in the country," Pappas said. "And for whatever reason, there seems to be this opposition that thinks we can't do that.
"They have been attacking us for years. Really for decades in the grand scheme of things but very heavily in Portland."
Multiple arrests were made in the ninety-fifth night of demonstrations in the city on Saturday sparked by the death of George Floyd.
The shooting took place around 8:45pm near the corner of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street.
Witness Justin Dunlap told NBC News that he saw the victim facing two people when he heard the shots.
He said he did not see the gun being fired because mace was sprayed at the same time.
The victim turned, "took a few steps, then fell face down," said Dunlap, 44, adding that the two people facing him ran from the scene
The president paid homage to Bishop on Twitter in a retweet of a tribute post to him shared by Women for Trump co-founder Amy Kremer.
"Rest In Peace Jay!" Trump captioned the retweet.
The Oregonian named Reinoehl, a self-described anti-fascist, as a suspect in the shooting.
He has shared photos and video of demonstrations he participated in on social media.
Along with his posts, the alleged shooter wrote: "#blacklivesmatter, #a newnation and #breonnataylor."
Earlier this year, Reinoehl reportedly wrote to Facebook: "I am 100% ANTIFA all the way!
"I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters!"
Footage of a burning "Trump 2020" flag was also shared to his page this summer.
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