PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland police searched Friday for a shooting suspect who opened fire as a funeral was taking place at a north Portland church.
The service was being held Friday afternoon inside the New Hope Missionary Church on North Gantenbein Avenue.
Witnesses said gunfire erupted following a fist fight at the back of the church.
The shooting left Darshawn Lavone Cross, 31, wounded with what police described as "life-threatening injuries." He was shot several times in the stomach area.
Sgt. Brian Schmautz with the Portland Police Bureau said Friday the victim has a criminal history of gang-related activity. Family members at the funeral said he is the nephew of the woman who was being remembered at the service - 51-year-old Sharon Lynn Kemp.
Early reports indicated the suspect fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala with no license plates on it but police could not confirm that information. Police were interviewing witnesses Friday evening and no suspect information was immediately released.