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Gresham suspect caught fleeing shooting scene

Portland man was hit in the leg
by: Contributed photo, Jeffrey Sims

A Portland man was shot in the leg following an altercation at the Gateway Transit Station around 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

Mario Jones, 24, of Portland, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg near the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and 162nd Avenue around 7:12 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Gresham Police apprehended Jeffrey Sims, 19, of Gresham, near Northeast 148th Avenue and Multnomah Street as he fled the scene after allegedly shooting Jones.

An altercation between the two men started on a MAX train near the Gateway station, police investigators say. Jones and Sims agreed to a fight at the station and stepped off the train. When the victim noticed what appeared to be a concealed handgun on the suspect, he declined to fight and boarded a bus, which Sims and three associates also boarded.

Jones exited the bus at Southeast 162nd Avenue and Stark Street and walked northbound on Southeast 162nd, followed by the suspect and his associates. The suspect fired multiple shots, striking Jones in the leg, before fleeing the scene on foot in a northwesterly direction, said Gresham Police Capt. Tim Gerkman.

An officer with the Transit Division of the Portland Police saw the suspect and pursued him along 148th Avenue. The suspect was apprehended while trying to climb a fence at the Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St., and was arrested without incident.

The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered. Gresham Police ask the public to be aware of this and be sure to not touch the gun, keep it in sight and immediately call 9-1-1 if it is found in the area between Southeast 162nd and Stark and Northeast 148th and Multnomah.

Sims is charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a firearm. He is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on $755,000 bond. A grand jury will consider the case Friday, April 11, said Andrew Lavin, Multnomah County deputy district attorney.

No additional arrests are expected, but investigators would like to speak with the suspects' three associates.

'There is no evidence at this time to suggest this was gang related,' Gerkman said of the incident.