Two wounded in Hazelwood gang shooting

A fight, inside an outer East Portland apartment building, almost turned deadly. Here’s what officials are saying …

After two women were shot by another woman, Portland Police detectives and gang unit officers are in this Hazelwood neighborhood street to investigate the incident.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

An early-morning disagreement among three women led to two of them being shot and wounded at 3:28 a.m. on Thursday, May 5.

Reports of a woman screaming, “I’ve been shot!” brought Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers to an apartment building at 1415 NE 118th Avenue, just south the Midas® Total Car Care store on NE Halsey Street.

Outside the apartment building, officers continue an investigation into the shooting.

After finding a 22-year-old woman with a gunshot wound near one of the apartments, officers applied a tourniquet to the victim and got her to medical personnel for treatment and ambulance transport to an area hospital.

“The victim’s injuries to her lower extremities, although serious, do not appear to be life-threatening,” Simpson said.

Still wearing gloves, and with evidence bags in hand, detectives confer to share information at the scene.

Officers searched the apartment, and determined it was a crime scene. They also detained a man they believe to be a witness to the shooting – but not the assailant.

“At approximately 4:15 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on the report of a second female, a 25-year-old woman shooting victim, who arrived by private car,” Simpson reported. “The victim’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. She, too, was wounded in the lower extremities.”

Left near a dumpster behind the auto repair shop is an article of clothing marked as “Evidence Tag #1”.

Investigators learned that the two victims were involved in a fight with a third woman inside an apartment and that the third woman retrieved a handgun and shot the two victims.

“The suspect, described as an African American female in her 20s, left the apartment and has not yet been located,” Simpson added.

A PPB Criminalist photographs part of the crime scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823-2092, meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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