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Prosecutors say Noah Smith, who uses the name Ody, wounded another man at a homeless camp in Southwest Portland.

COURTESY PHOTO: MCSO - Noah Charles Smith in 2019Prosecutors have filed an arrest warrant for a man accused of shooting a fellow camper twice through the flimsy fabric of a tent in Southwest Portland.

Noah Charles Smith, 34, faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a gun, according to the arrest warrant filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on March 23.

Christopher Stanley Barrett, 39, told police he had seen Smith with a "gloomy" look on his face when he arrived at the campsite located on a service road east of a Southwest Capitol Highway ramp to Barbur Boulevard around 10 p.m. Sunday, March 7, according to an affidavit.

Court documents say Barrett crawled back into his tent and zipped up the door when he heard Smith's distinctive voice ask him a question. Two shots rang out, hitting Barrett in the abdomen and leg.

Central Precinct officers arrived at the camp around 10:40 p.m. and found Barrett moaning inside the tent. He was quickly transported to Oregon Health & Science University hospital for surgery, which he survived.

Detectives with the Enhanced Community Safety team determined that Smith — who uses the name Ody — pulled the trigger of a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson in the shooting, which was precipitated by a dispute. Smith lived in the vicinity of the same camp for about a year alongside 10 other campers, but has since disappeared.

"ODY had a girlfriend that was recently found dead in Northeast Portland," the affidavit mentions without elaborating.

Court papers report that Smith has six felony convictions on his record, and was registered as a sex offender for having sex with a minor in California in 2005. He is known to frequent the area underneath West Burnside Street.


Zane Sparling
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