Barry Washington Jr Death – Obituary : 22-year-old Barry Washington Jr. was reportedly shot dead outside a a bar in Central Oregon, according to police.
Authorities said the incident happened early Sunday in downtown Bend. Officials arrested 27-year-old Ian Cranston at the scene.
The Bend man was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter and had bail set at $100,000.
He has since posted bail and was released.
Detectives are working to determine what charges Cranston will face.
“Prosecutors intend to seek an indictment by presenting evidence to a grand jury before Oct. 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) race,” he said. “At the end of the day, it comes down to what was his motivation at the instant that he committed the crime.”
Police were called to an intersection in Bend at 12:11 a.m. Sunday. First responders found Washington, of Bend, on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital and later died of his injury, police said.
Investigators believe the two men did not know each other, and the shooting happened after the victim spoke with Cranston’s girlfriend, according to Hummel.
“He asked her out, and her boyfriend didn’t like that,” Hummel said.
Hummel said before the shooting Washington was out with friends inside The Capitol, a downtown bar, late Saturday 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 was some pushing, some jostling, some punches thrown, but then it calmed down.”
After that Cranston pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Washington, Hummel said.