Police say shooting victim in North Portland is on life support; suspect at large

Police responded to a shooting near North Albina Avenue and North Rosa Parks Way on Oct. 19, 2018. KATU photo

Police say the man shot in North Portland Friday morning is still alive.

The Portland Police Bureau earlier said the victim had died, but it said there was a miscommunication. The shooting victim is on life support.

Officers are searching for the suspect.

The incident was reported at North Albina Avenue and North Rosa Parks Way at 9:58 a.m.

When police and medical personnel arrived at the scene, they found a man in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound. Passers-by were providing medical aid to the victim before emergency personnel arrived.

Three neighbors told KATU News they heard one single gunshot.

The man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The shooting happened outside AG Ward's Body Shop.

"I was just inside working, and I heard a pop," AG Ward said.

Ward said a part-time employee who's worked at his business for three years was shot. He said he was shocked and didn't know why the man would be targeted.

"He's a good person. He's working and trying to take care of his kids. Real good gentleman," he said.

The suspect is a black man in his 20s with a medium build. He is wearing gray or black clothing and he was last seen running northbound on North Mississippi Avenue. Officers have not recovered a firearm.

Police blocked North Rosa Parks Way and North Mississippi Avenue during the investigation.

Police say they do not know if the shooting is gang related.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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