Police: 1 dead, 2 injured in shooting during fight, riot in NE Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. - One man was killed and two other people were injured early Saturday morning after gunfire erupted outside a nightclub in Northeast Portland, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a bureau spokesman, said there was a large fight and riot involving 75 to 100 people outside Fontaine Bleau nightclub at 237 Northeast Broadway at about 12:45 a.m.
A 30-year-old man was shot and died at the scene, Simpson said. Two others who were also shot, a 50-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man, were taken to the hospital. They are expected to be OK.
The owner of Fontaine Bleau told KATU two men were arguing about money before the fight started.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on the man who died. Police say the names of the three victims will be released after the autopsy.
The police response was huge. Dozens of police cars converged on the area and police blocked off a number of streets. Simpson said police called all available officers to the scene because they were met by a "large, hostile crowd."
The group scattered on foot and in cars when police arrived, said Simpson.
A KATU News reporter on the scene saw a body bag at Northeast Third and Weidler.
Tim Knight, an employee at a nearby 7-Eleven told KATU that he heard four or five gunshots.
"I was dealing with customers at the time and a bunch of people came running into the store, frazzled," he said. "There was one girl crying, a couple people screaming ... within moments, there was police everywhere."
He said he'd just move to Portland from Chicago to "get away from stuff like this."
Simpson said homicide detectives and the Gang Enforcement Team are investigating.
Police want witnesses who fled the scene without talking to them to call (503) 823-3333.
Police closed Northeast Broadway from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 2nd Avenue during the shooting investigation.
KATU News reporters Chelsea Kopta and Stephen Mayer contributed to this report.
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