Tabor Space changes party policy after shooting

Bullet from the gang-related shooting hit the window of a 1-year-old

Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th at Belmont, in Portland, Jan. 18, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th at Belmont, in Portland, Jan. 18, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Days after a dozen shots rang out near the Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, officials said they will add more security to future church events.

Around 10 p.m. Saturday the gunfire burst outside the church on SE 54th at Belmont. About a mile away, a family reported that a bullet shattered a window in their one-year-old’s bedroom. The infant was not injured.

Police said they believe the bullet did originate from the gang-related shooting outside Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church.

Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th at Belmont, in Portland, Jan. 18, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th at Belmont, in Portland, Jan. 18, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

Lauren Momaw, the Tabor Space Program Director declined to go on-camera with KOIN 6 News, but said five adults organized the birthday party that was held inside Tabor Space last Saturday. More people than expected showed up to the party.

The event became disorderly when staff asked the extra and uninvited guests to leave, and Momaw said the event was supposed to end at 9:30 p.m.

Tabor Space is often rented out to groups for events, and she said they review the rules with each group. They mainly try to rent out to non-profits and community groups that focus on edcuation, art and music.

More security and staffing may be added to future events at Tabor Space, Momaw said. They will also look at policy changes when the celebrations include minors.

And, she said, effective immediately, the Tabor Space events will shut down at 9 p.m. instead of 9:30 p.m.

Police said the shooting was the result of “gang associates” who were at the party.

No one has been arrested.

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