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Man shot outside Portland mosque; police also looking for 2 robbers

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Man shot outside Portland mosque; police also looking for 2 robbers

PORTLAND
— Police are looking for two suspects they say were involved in a shooting outside a mosque Monday evening.

The shooting capped a day that was also marked by two robberies in the city.

Portland Police Department Lt. Tony Ward said police were called to the 100 block of Anderson Street, in the city's East Bayside neighborhood, at 7:53 p.m. Monday for a report of gunshots.

They found a young man with a gunshot wound. Witnesses reported seeing a black man and a white man flee the scene. Ward said two shots were fired.

The victim had been in the mosque for a prayer service, according to police. This month is Ramadan, a Muslim holiday.

Ward said the victim's injuries were serious, but not life-threatening and that he is still in an area hospital.

Police had no suspects on Tuesday morning and are investigating the crime.

Also on Monday, the Gorham Savings Bank on Marginal Way in Bayside was robbed.

Police say a black man in his late 20s entered the bank at about 3:50 p.m., threatened a teller and demanded cash. No weapon was seen and no one was hurt.

The man ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said he ran east, behind the former Wild Oats building.

The suspect was described 6 feet 5 inches tall, about 260 pounds and wearing a blue hoodie and dark jeans.

At 12:50 p.m. Monday, police were called to the CVS at 1096 Brighton Avenue for a reported robbery.

A white man, believed to be between the ages of 18 and 20, entered the pharmacy and passed a worker a note demanding drugs.

He was given an undisclosed amount of narcotics and left on foot.

The suspect in the CVS robbery is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall with dark hair and a mustache. He was wearing a dark green jacket, a black T-shirt and baggy tan pants.

Anyone with information on these crimes was asked to call the Portland Police Department at 874-8596.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net