Suspect still sought in strip club murder

Now that Crime Stoppers is involved in this Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood shooting – which left one man dead outside the club in the parking lot – find out how your tip could bring a murderer to justice, and bring you cash ...

In October 2015, this outer East Portland night club’s parking lot was the scene of a murder; officials are still looking for the suspect.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As reported in East Portland News, on October 3, 2015, at 12:45 a.m., officers from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers were called to the Pallas Club, located at 13639 SE Powell Boulevard, when several people called the 9-1-1 Center to report gunshots.

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Surveillance video shows Maurice Anthony Gatson walking away from the camera – and toward the man who shot him. PPB provided video surveillance still frame

The consensus among witnesses that night was that three gunshots were fired near the southwest corner of the club – and then a man ran from the scene, ducked into the passenger side of a waiting car, and sped from the scene.

This DMV image, and a photo supplied by his family, are of the victim, Maurice Anthony Gatson.

What quickly became clear to emergency first responders was that 45-year-old Maurice Anthony Gatson was suffering from inevitably fatal gunshot wounds; he died in the parking lot. Gatson was survived by his wife and two children, and Homicide Detectives are still looking for the suspect, described as an adult African American.

The suspect strolls back to a car, waiting in the parking lot. PPB provided video surveillance still frame

Officials released surveillance video that shows Gatson and another individual walking out of the club – as a third man appears around the corner and shoots Gatson at nearly point-blank range.

The suspect quickly walks to a white car, parked in front of club, then ducks down between cars and gets into the passenger’s side of the vehicle, before it leaves the parking lot.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime – and tipsters can remain anonymous.
To submit a tip, CLICK HERE to open Crime Stoppers of Oregon’s official reporting page, or call 503-823-HELP (4357).

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