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Case #96-44125

On May 13, 1996, Joseph Littlejohn and an associate were in the basement of a residence on the 3800 block of NE 17th Avenue when at approximately 10:20 pm, shots were fired through a window. Mr. Littlejohn, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot and died at the scene while his associate was not harmed.  

Joseph Littlejohn was reported to be a known Crips gang member.

Witnesses reported seeing 2 unidentified African-American men in their late teens to mid twenties running away from the scene shortly after the shots were heard.

The Cold Case Unit would like anyone with information regarding this case to contact them. Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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