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Man shot at child's birthday party in Laurelhurst Park

UPDATE: Victim in Sunday's shooting identified


A man was shot in Laurelhurst Park during a child's birthday party Sunday afternoon.

The victim is identified as Ejante Sharrif Paden, 20. Police say Paden's injuries are not life-threatening and he is not cooperating with investigators.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 25 to 30 years old, 5'8" tall, with a medium build and wearing all black clothing.

The shooting is being investigated by the Gang Enforcement Team.

According to police, at 4:51 p.m. on Aug. 16, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire at Laurelhurst Park, located at 3756 S.E. Oak St. Several officers arrived in the area, where a child's birthday party was being held, and found evidence of gunfire, and contacted numerous witnesses. No gunshot victims were located at the scene.

Approximately 20 minutes later, a male in his late-teens or early-20s was dropped off at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Preliminary information indicates that the victim and suspect began arguing at the party in the southeast section of the park, an area near the dance studio). The suspect shot the victim, then both parties ran away, police say.

Several vehicles also left the area. but it is not clear to police if they were driven by witnesses or people related to the shooting.

Southeast Oak Street was closed between 37th Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard during the early stages of the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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