Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Holiday Inn, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Portland, Oregon

Portland police arrest suspect in Washington mall shooting
by Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian
Wednesday November 26, 2008, 7:28 PM

Portland police responding to a routine call to check out suspicious activity at a Northeast Portland Holiday Inn on Wednesday stumbled upon a 21-year-old man wanted on a murder charge in a deadly shooting at Washington's Southcenter shopping mall Saturday.

Northeast Precinct officers arrested Barry L. Saunders Jr. after they were called at 11:33 a.m. to the Holiday Inn at 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd. The call had come in as "unwanted people" involved in suspected drug activity, police said.

By 2:15 p.m., police identified Saunders among the "unwanted" near a rental car at the hotel, but realized he was very much wanted as the alleged gunman in Saturday's gang-related fatal shooting that occurred while thousands shopped at the largest mall in Washington.


Within hours of the shooting, police said, Saunders was identified as the one who pulled the trigger. He was apparently coming to the aid of his teenage brother who had gotten into a fistfight with some rival gang members or associates who were taunting him with gang signals, according to police and Saunders' lawyer, David Gehrke, of Des Moines, Wash. The victims involved had ties to the Hoover Crips gang, a group that's been active in Portland.


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