On November 15, 1996, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Willie Banks Jr, a 19-year-old black male, was driving in his car with his girlfriend in the area of NE 15th and Prescott. They decided to stop at a local grocery store. Mr. Banks went into the store to make a purchase and upon his return, discovered a subject talking to his girlfriend, who was still seated in the car.
Apparently, words were exchanged between this subject and Mr Banks. A single gunshot rang out and Mr. Banks died at that location. Mr. Banks was not armed.
Witnesses at the scene describe the suspect as a black male,5’11”, 165 lbs. This subject has not been identified. Detectives believe that the shooter is known to a number of people, but these people refuse to cooperate. Over time, attitudes about incidents like this can change. Investigators would like to encourage these witnesses or anyone with information about this homicide to step forward and share the information that they may have.
If you have any information about this homicide or any homicide, please contact Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP.