One dead, two injured in Portland nightclub shooting

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

KING5.com

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

PORTLAND – Officers swarmed to reports of a large riot that left one dead and two injured from gunshot wounds outside a Northeast Portland nightclub early Saturday morning, police said.

Around 12:45 a.m., gang police found a "hostile" crowd of nearly 100 people outside the Fountaine Bleau nightclub at 237 Northeast Broadway Street, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.

People outside the club jumped into cars and took off on foot when cops showed up to find two men and a woman shot, Simpson said.

Police issued a "code three," which means all available officers are to respond to the scene.

One of the victims, identified as a 30-year-old man, died at the scene. The other victims, who were identified as a 44-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital with what police said were non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have made no arrests in the shooting.

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Neighbors told KGW loud noise and fights have become problems at the club since it opened earlier this year.

Lisa Ball, who lives near the club, said she often calls police to report fights. On Friday she was wearing earplugs and didn't even hear the shooting.

"I had a feeling something like this was going to happen," she said. "The nights I'm not wearing earplugs, I will call the non-emergency police number and report the fights that are going on, so I almost feel I could have done something to stop it."

Northeast Broadway Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Northeast 2nd Avenue was closed for more than 12 hours as homicide and gang-enforcement detectives processed the scene.

Anyone who fled the scene without talking to police was asked to call detectives at 503-823-3333.

Police did not release the names of the victims.

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KGW reporter Wayne Havrelly contributed to this report.

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