An incident that started inside the "Shimmers Gentlemen's Club", in the 8000 block of S.E. Foster Road, early on Friday morning, July 30, ended as a shootout between at least two individuals.
East Precinct officers were sent there at 2:21 a.m., where they encountered a chaotic scene, with people scattering from the building.
"The incident started with a shooting inside the strip club, which spilled out into the parking lot," remarked Portland Police spokesperson Sergeant Kevin Allen. "Evidence of gunfire was found inside the establishment, in the parking lot, and also down the street," he told THE BEE.
One man sustained a non-life-threatening bullet wound to the leg, and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment.
Members of the PPB's Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECIT) arrived to investigate and sort out the incident; they discovered bullet holes in a home south of the parking lot, on S.E. Harold Street just east of 80th Avenue.
According to witness accounts, as closing time approached, a female took a pistol out of her brassiere and fired two shots into a restroom door â€“ with several people inside using the facilities. The woman dashed through the club, chasing one or more people, and continued shooting in the parking lot. At least one other person was exchanging gunfire with her.
A worker at the club told reporters that Shimmers employees routinely frisk men for weapons as they come into the club, but not women. Perhaps now that will change.
As of now, no arrests have been reported, and no descriptions have been released, but the investigation is still active.
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