PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An argument during a child’s birthday party at Laurelhurst Park Sunday afternoon escalated and led to a shooting, police said.
Around 4:50 p.m., officers were called to the park on the 3600 block of SE Oak Street on reports of shots fired in the area. Several officers arrived and found evidence of gunfire, Portland Police Bureau said.
Witnesses told police the two men began arguing during a birthday party in the southeast section of the park. The suspect shot the victim and they both ran away, police said.
“I was in a panic,” witness Tsu Vasa said. “There were lots of children and they were running.”
Several cars left the area at the same time, however, their connection to the shooting is unknown at this time.
“All these people started scattering and grabbing kids,” Kylie Quinn told KOIN 6 News. “We heard someone peel out.”
The victim in his late teens or early 20’s was dropped off at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center about 20 minutes later with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said.
The suspect is described as an African American man between 25-30, 5-feet-8-inches tall with a medium build wearing all black clothing.
A car that may have been connected to the shooting was later spotted near Legacy Emanuel in the area of NE Sacramento Street and Rodney Avenue, police said.
SE Oak Street was temporarily closed between SE 37th Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard.
The Portland Police Bureau’s Gang Enforcement Team is investigating the shooting.