- Tusitala “Tiny” Toese was shot in the foot at an anti-COVID rally in Olympia, Washington, on September 4.
- The shooting happened during clashes between far-right and far-left groups. A journalist says she was injured in the brawl.
- Insider are awaiting comment from Olympia police.
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A top far-right Proud Boys member was shot at an anti-COVID protest in Olympia, Washington, on September 4.
Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, a leader of the Portland Proud Boys, was shot in the foot during a clash between left-wing Antifa activists and the Proud Boys, videos show.
-Jeremy Lee Quinn (@JLeeQuinn) September 4, 2021
The rally was organized to protest against face masks and COVID-19 vaccines.
A man in the background of the video can be heard shouting, “Tiny got shot in the leg.”
Insider is awaiting a response from Olympia police for more details.
There has been no clarification as to what actions prefaced the shooting or who shot “Tiny” Toese, who stands six feet three inches tall and weighs more than 300 pounds (136kg), according to the Portland Tribune.
Journalist Alissa Azar, who was at the September 4 protest, stated on Twitter that she was chased by a group of Proud Boys.
-alissa azar (@AlissaAzar) September 5, 2021
Toese has been charged several times for violence at Proud Boys events, with The Independent reporting that he was arrested in 2018 for a misdemeanor assault conviction. He attacked an anti-fascist activist, leaving them with stitches and a concussion.