PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An all-ages party ended in chaos overnight after two men started shooting at each other.
The gunfire sent people running for their lives in the Southeast Portland warehouse facility just after midnight Sunday. At least five people were hit.
“We have 300 people rushing out people are driving in all directions, you are hearing gunshots, it’s just pandemonium really,” said Ian Ondrejcak, who works for a production company on the opposite side of the warehouse where the party was.
Ondrejcak went outside to smoke and noticed two men shouting. One was at the entrance and the other on the dance floor.
“The garage doors were open so there was a confrontation in between the two,” he said.
He said the man outside fired two shots, blowing out the windows as someone blasted back from the dance floor. People flooded the only exit that wasn’t blocked by a shooter.
“It was just every car skirting out and every car just backing up and slamming on their gas and just screaming,” Ondrejcak said. “And it looked like a bomb had really gone off in the building.”
Ondrejcak said he ducked behind cars until his boss let him in a back door. He huddled in his office with coworkers until police cleared the scene.
Jessica Jones heard the gunfire from another office space just above the party.
“It sounded like a blat blat blat blat, it was super quick it was like slow motion. It was crazy,” Jones said.
Two people were found wounded and rushed to local hospitals by ambulance. Officers said three other people were taken to hospitals in private cars.
“I saw multiple people that were injured get into public vehicles, I saw them get into ambulances,” Jones said. “It was literally just chaos, it as a zoo that the gates were let open.”
None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries and at least three were already released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.
No suspect information is available.
The investigation is ongoing. Police believe many witnesses left without speaking to police and ask anyone with information to call PPB at 503.823.4106.