PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When 3 people were shot to death in 2 separate Portland clubs over the weekend. City Commissioner Nick Fish was on the scene.
Fish was doing a ride-along with Portland police when they were called to the Hour Glass Pub in Northeast Portland and then the Pallas Club in Southeast Portland.
Eric Jacob Takemoto, 30, and 42-year-old Anthony Michael Howard died at the scene at the Hour Glass Pub. A third person was wounded. Maurice Anthony Gatson, 45, was shot to death at the Pallas Club about 90 minutes later.
Robert Jermaine Richardson was arrested in connection with the deaths at the Hour Glass Pub. No one has been arrested for the death at the Pallas Club.
Fish told KOIN 6 News he now has a better appreciation for how well officers have established first-name relationships with many young men on their beat, including gang members.
But he wonders if there are enough officers on the street at night, and wonders about the need for alternatives.
“The best tool is preventing these things from happening,” Fish said, “so what additional things do we need to do to steer kids away from gangs and gang violence.”
Richardson, the suspected shooter at the Hour Glass Pub, was awaiting trial on cocaine possession and unlawful use of a weapon when these shootings took place.
“Nothing is more personal than being on a crime scene and seeing a dead person,” Fish said. “I hope I never have to thave that experience or anyone has to have that experience.”