Students find man shot to death in Oregon Culinary Institute kitchen, suspect on the loose
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Police say a man was found dead inside the Oregon Culinary Institute at 1701 Southwest Jefferson Street Saturday morning. A suspect has not been identified or found at this time.
Officers responded to the scene around 8:30 a.m. and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound inside the building.
Life-saving efforts were performed on the man but were not successful.
Officers searched the building to make sure there were no other victims. No suspects were found in the area and police say they don't have a description of the person who might have committed the crime.
Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson told KATU News that a number of students were arriving for class when they found the man— who appears to be in his 60s— in the kitchen. Simpson said the man had an affiliation with the institute and had access to the building.
Police are ruling his death a homicide.
The Oregon Culinary Institute remained closed Saturday while the Homicide Detail, Forensic Evidence Division, and the Medical Examiner conducted an investigation.
The institute released a statement Saturday afternoon offering their condolences for those affected by the shooting.
"Our prayers are with all who are affected by the horrible tragedy that took place this morning. All we know at this point is the information the Portland Police have released to the local media. They can't give us anymore info until they complete their investigation."
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.
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