Deadly shooting outside SE Portland bowling alley

Deadly shooting outside SE Portland bowling alley

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by Jeff Thompson and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 23 at 2:48 PM

PORTLAND -- Detectives investigating the shooting of a Portland bouncer said the only suspect information they had was that he was a black male.

Police identified the victim as 30-year-old Robert Greene. Candle memorials were placed outside the door of the building Monday.

Crime Stoppers on Tuesday offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

The Portland Police Bureau's gang unit was helping in the investigation.

Police were called just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the report of a shooting outside the Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, in the 800 block of SE Morrison Street, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau.

Investigators said Greene had been observing a fight outside the building when the shot was fired. Employees did not think the shooter had ever entered the establishment.

Officers at the scene found a gunshot victim near the front door of the bowling alley. Medical crews responded and determined the man died from a single gunshot.

"Here’s somebody who works here and his job to do everything he can to ensure it’s safe and peaceful for everybody at the establishment," Lt. Robert King said, "it's really tragic that he’s suffered the loss of his life."

"It’s just shocking because you don’t expect these things to happen in Southeast Portland," said Courtnay Christiansen, who was visiting a nearby business when her car was stuck behind the crime scene tape. "The bowling alley’s really nice, so it’s just shocking for this to happen here."

Grand Central was closed Sunday due to the shooting.

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KGW Reporters Tim Gordon and Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report

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