Approximately 2:30 am on the morning of July 19, 1998, police responded to various 911 calls from the El Moro apartments located at 2016 SE 122nd Ave in Portland. A resident of the El Moro apartments had gone outside to find the deceased Ausencio Garcia, a 27-year-old Hispanic male, lying on the ground. An autopsy found that Mr. Garcia had died of gunshot wounds.
In the hours before the shooting, a fight nearly broke out at the El Moro apartment complex between a large group of Hispanics and several African American males.
Mr. Garcia worked at a vegetable company in Portland and was attending a party at El Moro apartments that night and was not known to be violent or have a criminal record. Mr. Garcia seems to be a random victim of the shooting.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the shooting of Ausencio Garcia please contact Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357).