Suspect in Mystic strip club shooting dies

Suspect in Mystic strip club shooting dies

Suspect in Mystic strip club shooting dies

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 11:28 AM

PORTLAND – The suspected gunman in a shooting at the Mystic Gentleman's Club has died, Portland police said Thursday.

Thomas Elliott Hjelmeland, 43, reportedly opened fire in the club at Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 99th Avenue just before 9 p.m. Jan. 11. 

One of the club's bouncers, 26-year-old Brian Rizzo, was critically injured when he was hit by the gunfire at the front door. Customer Gonzalo Zamora-Hernandez, 31, and waitress Nichole Procter, 27, were treated and released with less serious injuries.

Another bouncer followed the gunman outside and shot him.

More: Bouncer says he followed Mystic gunman outside, shot him

Owners of the strip club said Hjelmeland was denied entry because of belligerent behavior and racist comments. He then returned half an hour later armed with a gun and wearing a scary Halloween mask.

In July of 2012, a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of the same strip club. Three people were arrested in the death.

More: 3 arrested in deadly Portland club shooting

The Mystic Gentleman's Club shares a building and address with Falco's Pub, a nightclub where a woman met her suspected killers in October. Tiffany Jenks, 35, was found murdered at Fairview's Blue Lake Park and three people were arrested in connection with her death.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission said they would be renewing the Mystic Gentleman’s Club's license. 


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