PORTLAND Some business owners believe violence is growing in the Old Town area of downtown Portland and they re afraid it will only continue to get worse.
There was a deadly shooting over the weekend and some business owners told KGW they had feared something like this would happen.
Thomas Morgan works at a tattoo parlor in the area that has changed the hours it remains open, due to what he described as increasing violence in the area.
There's a lot of corners with a lot of stuff going on and there's only so many cops. What are you going to do? You don't have eyes in the back of your head, he said.
However, not everyone agrees. Jason Myers, with Floyd s Coffee Shop on NW Couch Street, said the weekend gunfire scared him, but he doesn t think it s a sign that the neighborhood is going downhill.
The weekends bring a lot of different types all over the area, I don't think it's a neighborhood problem, he said.
Andre Payton was shot and killed in the area last weekend. Police said it was a gang-related shooting.
So far, no suspects have been identified and police have not made any arrests.
Background: Deadly shooting in downtown Portland