Police ask for witnesses to downtown Vancouver fight, shooting

New Year's Day shooting happened near Eighth and Main streets

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith

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Detectives want to interview witnesses to a New Year’s Day shooting in downtown Vancouver that possibly started as a fight in a nightclub.

Based on what they’ve gleaned from the investigation so far, detectives believe that between 2 and 3 a.m. Jan. 1 a fight took place near Eighth and Main streets. The fight possibly began in the Q Nightclub & Lounge, which is a block away, and escalated to a shooting outside that involved several people, according to the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Streets Task Force.

Later that morning, someone showed up at a Portland hospital with a gunshot wound, prompting an investigation into what happened. Police haven’t released the name of the victim, and say there are no other known victims. So far, no one has been arrested. Those who saw the shooting or have information about it are asked to call Vancouver police Detective Tim Martin at 360-759-2624.

This isn’t the first time somebody has been shot outside the Q Nightclub. In mid-March, a man shot a clubgoer in the foot while people were fighting in the street. Police then shot the gunman in the hip after he refused to put down his weapon.