PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Police say at least five people were injured after a shooting at a party venue in southeast Portland early Sunday.
Officers responded to the report of a shooting in a party/event venue in the 200 block of Southeast Madison Street at about 12:40 a.m.
Police say the event was an “all ages” type party in a warehouse-type building. They say officers encountered a chaotic scene with people leaving on foot and in vehicles.
Ian Ondrejcak, who witnessed the shooting, describes absolute chaos.
“You just heard everybody screaming and just it was a stampede out the front door in every direction,” he said.
Ondrejcak tells FOX 12 he owns the offices within the Audio Cinema Building on Southeast Madison Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues.
It’s a multi-use creative facility, and part of it is a big event space.
Ondrejcak says on Saturday night, the place was packed with a couple hundred people for a teenager’s birthday party.
“This entire area was completely filled,” he said. “The DJs were over here.”
Meanwhile, Ondrejcak and several of his colleagues were working late upstairs when he went outside for a smoke break just before 1 a.m.
That’s when he says he heard an argument between two men at the loading docks.
“As one walked away, the other had said something that had triggered him and it was just like, on Blood, on Crip, and the gentleman turned around and started shooting back toward the entrance of the party,” said Ondrejcak.
Ondrejcak says he hid as others ran.
“Cars are going down the street at 50 miles an hour to get away, people are pushing each other over to get out of it,” he said.
Portland police say at least five people were shot. Two were taken the hospital by ambulance, and three other victims were taken to the hospital by private vehicles.
All of the victims are expected to be OK, and at least three of them have been released from the hospital.
“It’s worrying and disturbing,” Ondrejcak said. “It’s a teenager’s birthday party and this isn’t even grown adults that are arguing or anything, these are literally kids running around shooting each other.”
The Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team is continuing to investigate the shooting.
Investigators haven’t released any suspect information, but they believe that numerous potential witnesses left without providing statements to police.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Gun Violence Reduction Team at (503) 823-4106, or e-mail GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.
FOX 12 also reached out to the man who runs the event space but have not heard back.
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