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Portland financier kills man in broad-daylight road-rage shooting before taking aim at filming bystander


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A wealthy Portland businessman fatally gunned down a man Wednesday in the heat of a road rage battle — and then turned the weapon on a bystander who dared to film the murder, according to a report.

The eerie image captured Geoffrey E. Hammond, 46, pointing the firearm at Samuel Gomez from the safety of his Mercedes with victim Ryan Martin lying dead on the street.

Hammond allegedly fired two shots at Gomez, striking him once in the leg, before peeling out.

“He got the gun loaded and he just straight looked at me and then, as you can see in the picture, just popped me,” Gomez told The Oregonian.

The unbelievable encounter unfurled in the city’s downtown area when Hammond — who owns the financial company Aequantium — stopped his Mercedes Benz SUV in front of the Moxy Hotel on Southwest Alder so that it was partially blocking traffic.

Martin, 47, pulled up behind him and tried to encourage Hammond to move, but the two “exchanged middle fingers” as Martin drove around Hammond,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Martin climbed out of his car and tried to approach Hammond, who then began loading a gun despite admitting to officers later that he could see Martin was unarmed when he tapped on the Mercedes’ windows.

“It is unclear what, if anything Ryan Martin said while tapping on the window,” the affidavit reads, “but witnesses described shouting.”

That’s when Hammond allegedly rolled down the window and shot Martin in the chest.

Martin tried to plead with Hammond for his life — telling him, “I’m sorry. I had a bad day” — but the gunman allegedly tried to take a second shot at the dying man. The gun jammed, police said.

That’s when Hammond allegedly rolled down the window and shot Martin in the chest.

“You are lucky I didn’t shoot you in the head,” witnesses recalled Hammond saying, adding that the businessman also flashed a badge “as if he were a policeman.”

As Hammond continued fiddling with the weapon, Phoenix resident Gomez walked outside of the Moxy Hotel, where he’d been attending a conference of the National Organization of Minority Architects as a presenter and stumbled upon Martin’s final moments.

Gomez took out his phone to record the insanity and captured the moment Hammond got his gun functioning again and took aim at the cameraman, the court records state.

The bullet passed through one of Gomez’s legs and then broke the femur in his other.

Hammond took another shot as he drove away, but missed his target.

“Everything just changed,” Gomez recalled. “I’m just grateful that I’m alive because it could have been worse.”

Gomez was rushed to the hospital in stable condition. Martin, however, was declared dead at the scene.

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