PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 27-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday night after a fight broke out at a beach in far Northeast Portland.
Authorities were called to Broughton Beach at 4701 Northeast Marine Dr. just before 9:30 p.m., according to the Portland Police Bureau.
When officers arrived, they found a citizen providing CPR on the injured man. Despite the attempted life-saving measures, the man died at the scene. Officials identified him as 27-year-old Samuel Fast Buffalo Horse.
Investigators learned there was a large group of people gathered at the beach when a fight broke out. During the altercation, someone fired a gun and hit Fast Buffalo Horse. The suspect then fled the area along with a number of people on the beach.
A witness told KOIN 6 News she was at the beach but left about 30 minutes before the shooting happened. She said around 200 people were drinking and partying at the site.
As of late Wednesday night, the suspect hadn’t been found.
‘People do weird things’
Tom Gertz often walks his dog at Broughton Beach. He told KOIN 6 News that the shooting was on his mind Thursday during his morning stroll.
“It’s just pretty crazy; you never know as hot as it is, people do weird things,” Gertz said.
One man who stays overnight in a tent on the beach to write poetry said he didn’t hear any shots fired Wednesday night but that there have been shootings and fights in the area in the past.
“People just get wild and they just get carried away,” said Dr. Jim Gabrielson. “When you get a bunch of people together, that’s when things happen.”
Gabrielson wishes people would stop and think before turning to violence.
“If you want to be good — be an asset, not a liability — be someone that other people can look up to and live your life like that.”