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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.

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.

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Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

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