Portland gang member gets 7 years for Vancouver drive-by shooting

He shot into crowd outside rap concert

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Portland gang member was sentenced Wednesday to nearly seven years in prison for an Aug. 2 drive-by shooting that terrified patrons at a Vancouver rap concert.

Johnny T. Hudson, 25, pleaded guilty Oct. 2 to charges of drive-by shooting and second-degree assault.

"These are frustrating cases to the court," said Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier. "It seems to me senseless just driving by and shooting into a crowd."

Hudson, a member of the Hoover Crips gang, repeatedly fired a pistol from a vehicle's passenger seat near a crowd gathered outside the Avenue Lounge and Restaurant, 9115 N.E. 117th Ave. No one was reported to have been hit.

The nightclub was hosting a rap concert for rival gang members on the night of the shooting, according to court documents.

Hudson's friend, Javontae N. Gibson, 20, also of Portland, is accused of driving the vehicle through the bar's parking lot. Gibson is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 16.

The sentence of 83 months resulted from a plea agreement between the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Hudson's attorney, David Kurtz, of Battle Ground.

Hudson had faced the possibility of up to 90 months in prison for the crimes.