Unknown Alaijo Johnson Killer - Oregon - 1996 Dec 15, 2016 5:20:56 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Dec 15, 2016 5:20:56 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Portland, Oregon Government website)
On August 31, 1996, at approx 11:30 pm, Alaijo Shaune Johnson was sitting on the front porch of the residence at 3950 NE Garfield talking to his girlfriend. He had been there for about one-and-one-half hours. As they were talking, a subject approached both Johnson and his girlfriend from behind. Mr. Johnson and his girlfriend heard a noise behind them. Mr. Johnson’s girlfriend looked and saw a subject who began shooting. Mr. Johnson was struck numerous times and died while being transported to the hospital.
While there had been numerous gang shootings in the area prior to this shooting, investigators were able to determine that Mr. Johnson was NOT a gang member and had friends in both the Crips and Bloods. He had no criminal record. Mr. Johnson attended Jefferson High School and would have been a senior in the fall of 1996.
Witnesses to the shooting told investigators that numerous subjects had been sitting on the porch of a vacant duplex directly across the street from 3950 NE Garfield. These witnesses scattered after the shooting and investigators were unable to locate anyone who admitted that they had been at that location and had witnessed the shooting.
A neighbor, having heard the shots, looked out the window and saw an African-American male with light complexion, about 14 to 15 yrs old (in 1996), 5’5” to 5’8” wearing dark clothing retrieve a black bicycle and rapidly leave the area.
Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
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Thoughts? We aren't certain if this is the motive but it cannot be ignored that Alaijo had friends in both the Bloods and Crips gangs. One of the two gangs may have retaliated against Alaijo for his associations with their rivals. It can be very hard for young people growing in areas with a lot of gang activity not to indirectly associate with gang members. This is not the fault of Alaijo in anyway, just probably why I think he was killed.