PORTLAND -- Police say a man was carrying a handgun and some crack cocaine when he was arrested yesterday in connection with a suspected gang shooting Aug. 24 that wounded three men waiting to board the Portland Spirit river cruise ship.
Parents at a local school were not happy with how the arrest went down. They thought nearby schools should've been ordered into lockdown.
"What would happen if they didn't get him," asked parent Gina Ronning. "What if he pulled out a gun."
"It's somewhat spectacular to watch and even jarring for people in the neighborhood to see it but it's a very safe way to handle the arrest," added Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Jajaun Yoakum was booked in to the Multnomah County Jail on attempted murder, assault and gun charges.
About 300 people were boarding the vessel near the Salmon Street Springs Fountain when gunfire broke out about 11 p.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Simpson.
The event was reportedly a “red and white” party that attracted a large number of gang members and associates, said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Three suspects approached the line of waiting people and there was a confrontation before shots were fired. The suspects ran from the scene westbound on Salmon Street into downtown Portland, Simpson said.
The victims, 26-year-old Leonard Brightmon, 22-year-old Xavier Bolden and 22-year-old Ronnie Smith, had traumatic injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. Smith was in critical condition but expected to survive, Simpson said.
The suspects were described as African-American men in their late teens or early 20s of medium height and weight. They were wearing all white clothes.