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Police ID three victims of Mystic strip club shooting

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Portland police released the names Monday of three people who were injured when a gunman entered the Mystic Gentleman's Club and started shooting.

Brian Rizzo, a 26-year-old security guard who works at Mystic, is in critical condition at a Portland hospital. The two other victims - 31-year-old Gonzalo Zamora-Hernandez and 27-year-old Nichole Procter - were treated and released.

Detectives still haven't released the name of the gunman, who also was shot by another person at the strip club. He's in critical but stable condition.

The shooting happened on Saturday at 8:40 p.m. The man who returned fire has not been charged with a crime and is cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

The club posted a four-paragraph message to its Facebook page on Monday night explaining what happened moments before the shooting. The club's owner told FOX 12 by phone that the message was posted to clear up rumors and speculation about what happened on Saturday night.

Rizzo refused to let a man inside the club after he started making racial slurs and threatening a group of men that had just gone in, according to the Facebook post. Rizzo asked the man to leave. The person tried to go inside again a few minutes later, but Rizzo told him to leave. Rizzo then told staff members that he had a bad feeling about the man.

According to the Facebook post, the man came back about 30 minutes later wearing a new layer of clothing and a Halloween mask. He walked inside and shot Rizzo, the post stated. A second shot directed toward Rizzo hit the floor and caused debris to bounce up and hit two other people, the post stated. Someone with a concealed handgun then shot the gunman as he walked out the door, police said.

"My thoughts and prayers are certainly with (Rizzo). I've got two boys and, you know, something like this ... you don't expect it. And when it does come up ... it's a shock," said Phil Hendrie, who watched Rizzo grow up and still lives next door to his parents.

The club's owner told FOX 12 that her employees have always been like family. She believes Rizzo and the club's other security guard are heroes for the actions they took on Saturday night, she said.

A witness to the aftermath, Nadra Hassan, said she was driving home when she came across a chaotic scene at 9950 SE Stark St.

"She looked hurt," Hassan said of one of the three victims. "I saw an ambulance rushing a lady to the hospital, and it looked really scary."

A fund has been set up to help Rizzo and his family with medical costs. You can donate at any Wells Fargo bank branch under the Brian Rizzo Donation Fund.

Saturday's gunfire isn't the first shooting at the bar. Two years ago, a man was shot and killed in the parking lot, and three people were arrested in that case.

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