Rewards offered in Old Town shooting

Rewards offered in Old Town shooting

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by Michael Rollins, KGW staff

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Posted on October 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:51 AM

PORTLAND -- Rewards to help find any suspects in a deadly downtown gang shooting totaling $2,000 were announced Thursday.

Officials identified the man who was shot and killed in downtown Portland early Sunday morning as 19-year-old Andre Dupree Payton. Payton died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Crime Stoppers on Thursday offered a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. The African American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and the NW Chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives offered another $1,000 reward in the case.

Witnesses reported hearing as many as 40 gunshots near NW 2nd and Couch. Numbered evidence markers that police placed on the street, many by empty shell casings, reached the numeral 62 but it was not known if that was the total number of shots fired.

The gunfire sent witnesses running for cover.

"There were dozens, you know, a hundred people fleeing, scurrying, running away," said witness Mason Goche. "There were people that were hitting the ground over there. Yeah, it was a madhouse.”

Officers quickly swarmed the area and found one man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Oregon Health and Sciences University where he died, police said.

A dozen witnesses have been interviewed by police, bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said. There were between 100 and 200 people on the street.

Detectives have determined that "a number of various gang affiliates were in the area" and that at least a dozen shots were fired, hitting cars and buildings in the area.

The relationship between Payton and the shooter has not been determined, Simpson said.

No arrests have been made.

Wednesday evening, Payton's mother spoke at a gang conference on the campus of Self Enchancement Incorporated. She wanted the public to know her son was not a gang member.

"Andre was not in a gang. I don't want Andre's death to be in vain or in retaliation," said Salena Harris.

Harris encouraged anyone with information in the case to come forward. She called her son their family's "rock".

About 30 minutes after the shooting, a 23-year-old man walked in to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. It's not known if he was wounded in the same shooting. Also at about 2 a.m. there were reports of gunfire around the 8600 block of North Swift Way at just before 2:00 a.m., police said.

The gunfire shut down MAX trains until about 8:30 a.m. Sunday and surrounding streets until midafternoon Sunday.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams said later Sunday that “this makes me angry because there are people who knew these individuals had guns, and they just let it happen.”

If you have any information on the shooting or any unsolved felony crime. Callers can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357) or leave a tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com.

Or call Roy Jay, President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon at (503) 572-0811.

 

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