Man Shot Outside Bend Nightclub, Man Arrested | Oregon News

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BEND, Ore. (AP) – A black man was shot and killed outside a bar by a white man in central Oregon, and prosecutors are working to determine if race played a role in the incident, the authorities said.

Barry Washington Jr., 22, was gunned down Sunday morning in downtown Bend, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Police officers from Bend arrested Ian Cranston, 27, at the scene.

Cranston, of Bend, was jailed for second degree manslaughter and his bail was set at $ 100,000. He has since posted bail and has been released.

Investigators are still in the process of determining the charges against Cranston. Prosecutors intend to seek an indictment by presenting evidence to a grand jury by October 5, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said.

“The question I have to decide is whether Cranston’s decision to shoot was motivated in part by (Washington‘s) run,” he said. “In the end, it comes down to what was his motivation at the time he committed the crime.”

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It was not immediately clear whether Cranston had a lawyer to comment on the case and efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.

Police were called to an intersection in Bend at 12:11 am Sunday. First responders found Washington, from Bend, on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital and later died of his injuries, police said.

Investigators believe the two did not know each other and that the shooting happened after the victim spoke with Cranston’s girlfriend, according to Hummel.

“He asked her out, and her boyfriend didn’t like it,” Hummel said.

Hummel said that before the shooting, Washington had gone out with friends inside the Capitol, a downtown bar, on Saturday night when he approached a woman and complimented her. According to Hummel, the woman said she was flattered, but in a relationship. That was the extent of the interaction.

Hummel said outside later, “There were pushes, shoves, punches thrown, but then it calmed down.”

After that, Cranston drew a gun from his belt and shot Washington, Hummel said.

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