Man shot dead in SE Portland adult shop after argument, witness says

Published: Apr. 23, 2023 at 12:11 PM PDT
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - - A man was found shot and killed inside Fantasyland, an adult shop in southeast Portland on Sunday morning, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

The police said that just before 10:30 a.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at Southeast Foster Road and Southeast 52nd Avenue. When they arrived, they found a man dead.

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A shop employee said the victim was with a man at the store Sunday morning. The employee said the victim was a regular at the place and his coworkers described him as likable.

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“He walked into the back arcade with some sketchy guy,” the employee said. “They started screaming at each other. One thing led to another, and it happened really quick apparently. He was just lying there in a puddle of blood. It’s kind of gruesome.”

The employee said the shooting left him shaken and nervous.

“We only work one person at a time,” the employee said.

He said after police eventually left, his manager was there alone, trying to figure out how to proceed.

“For the area, it doesn’t surprise me, but I’m kind of shocked it happened,” the employee said. “Especially at 10 in the morning.”

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Police respond to a deadly shooting on SE Foster Rd. on Sunday morning.
Police respond to a deadly shooting on SE Foster Rd. on Sunday morning.(KPTV)

The owner of a food cart in a pod across the street agreed with the shop employee.

John Nashlund, owner of MoJo’s Hawaiian, said the shooting had prompted a discussion about what he and other food cart workers would do in an active shooter event at their pod.

“Crime has increased in this area,” Nashlund said. “It’s visible. I know that there’s a lack of patrol in the area and we just have to be prepared. We want to make sure that the customers are safe. We want to make sure that the cart owners are safe.”

Nashlund said running a business has become increasingly more difficult.

“Our hearts go out to business owners in the area who are just trying to make a living,” he said. “Our prayers will be with them tonight, and I’m sure that they’ll be back up and running soon.”

The adult shop advertises they sell adult novelties, lingerie and a smoke shop.

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PPB has not said if any arrests have been made or if there is a suspect description.

Homicide detectives and the forensic evidence team is investigating. If anyone has any information, you’re asked to contact detective Meghan Burkeen at meghan.burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or detective Brian Sims at brian.sims@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-105084.