Mystery shooter wings Hazelwood woman

See why investigators are scratching their heads, as they search for a handle on this unusual New Year’s Day shooting …

Along this block, just north of SE Division Street, a woman says she was shot while walking her dog.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
After running down a continuous stream of “shots heard”, and illegal fireworks calls, early on New Year’s Day, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct district officers were called to a house on the 2400 block of SE 142nd Avenue.

When they arrived at 5:22 a.m. on January 1st, officers were met by paramedics, who were treating an adult woman for a gunshot wound.

“She told officers that, approximately an hour earlier, she was in the back of the residence walking her dog in the dark,” PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson told East Portland News. “She heard ‘a noise’, and felt a sting in her leg.”

That sting, it turns out, was a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

An ambulance transported the gunshot victim for medical care, police say.

The victim said she went back inside, Simpson continued – and later realized she’d been shot in the leg.

“The victim had no information on a suspect, where the shooting occurred, or why she was shot,” Simpson noted. “The woman was transported to the hospital for treatment to her injury, and officers checked the area to look for a crime scene and to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.”

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Assault Division detectives at (503) 823-0400.

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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