Chaos described at fatal Portland club shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. — The man fatally shot at a Portland nightclub early Saturday was attending a birthday party before the chaos erupted that left two others wounded and police saying they were threatened.

Ronisha Harris identified her brother, 30-year-old Durieul Harris, as the man who was killed outside the Fontaine Bleau nightclub following an altercation, The Oregonian reported.

He was also identified by the police department on Sunday. Harris died of multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Two others, 44-year-old Fredrick Glenn and 50-year-old Shelia Renee Shelby, were also shot, but their wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

No arrests have been made.

Police described a chaotic scene following the shooting, with as many as 100 people crowding outside the club. Police also said the crowd was hostile toward officers.

As officers responded, more gunshots were heard, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman. Officers also heard threats to shoot them, he said, which delayed their being able to attend to one of the victims.

Simpson said police are investigating the shooting as gang-related.

But Ronisha Harris said her brother was not a gang member.

“He was a loving father,” she said, adding that he was also working on a career in music. “He graduated from Jefferson High School, and he was a dreamer.”

She said that she pleaded with officers to help her brother, who was still breathing, but that they did not help him for another 10 to 15 minutes and then moved the injured man across the road. She added that they threatened her with arrest at one point.

Simpson said the scene was unstable, noting that there were still shots being fired.

The crowd was “very hostile,” he said in an email, “including people shouting threats to shoot officers. . Medical personnel will not enter a scene until it is safe, so our primary goal is to secure the scene to allow for trained medical professionals to render aid.”

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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