UPDATE: Portland Police Investigating Homicide Dow

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September 27, 2010 15:40

  

Portland Police Homicide Detectives have confirmed the identity of the homicide victim from early Sunday morning as 19-year-old Andre Dupree Payton of North Portland. Payton died of a gunshot wound after the shooting early Sunday at Northwest 2nd Avenue and Couch Street.

Detectives have interviewed more than a dozen witnesses so far in the investigation but still need to talk to more people. Officers responding to the original shooting scene estimate that there was 100-200 people on the street at the time.

At this point in the investigation, Detectives can say that more than a dozen gunshots were fired and that some of those shots hit cars and buildings in the area.

Detectives and Gang Investigators have determined that a number of various gang affiliates were in the area at the time of the shooting, including Payton. Detectives are working to determine the nature of the relationship, if any, between Payton and the suspect.

There have been no arrests so far in this investigation and Homicide Detectives and Gang Investigators continue to work around the clock following up leads.

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Detective Jim McCausland at (503) 823-0449.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

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At 2:20 p.m. this afternoon, Sunday September 26, 2010, the crime scene around Northwest 2nd Avenue and Couch Street has been cleared and all streets have been reopened for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

An autopsy on the 20-year-old shooting victim will be conducted tomorrow by the Oregon State Medical Examiner. The victims name will not be released until after the autopsy and family has been notified.

The 23-year-old shooting victim that walked into Emanuel Hospital was treated and released. His name will not be released at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. At this point, it is not clear if this victim suffered his injuries Downtown or at a different location as there was a shots fired call in the 8600 Block of North Swift Way at just before 2:00 a.m. this morning and investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding that shots fired incident as well.

Detectives have determined that a handgun was used in the shooting at Northwest 2nd Avenue and Couch Street.

Detectives are asking for more witnesses to come forward with information on the homicide as there were dozens of people who left the area before officers had a chance to speak with them.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Jim McCausland at (503) 793-8425.

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Early this morning, Sunday September 26, 2010, at approximately 2:06 a.m., Portland Police Officers were clearing a disturbance at Northwest 3rd Avenue and Couch Street. While there, officers heard several gunshots coming from the area of Northwest 2nd Avenue and Couch Street and saw several people running from the area. Additional officers responded and found a 20-year-old male down in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to OHSU where he later died of his injuries.

Approximately 30 minutes after the shooting occurred, a 23-year-old male walked in to Emanuel Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Homicide and Gang Enforcement Detectives are onscene and are in the initial stages of the investigation. No suspects are in custody at this point and the shooting appears to be gang-related.

Traffic will be affected for the next several hours in the area of West Burnside Street to Northwest Davis Street, Northwest 1st Avenue to Northwest 3rd Avenue, as detectives and forensic investigators process the crime scene.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

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