100 bullets fired in Parkrose Heights

Week #77 Shooting Report | Year-end Wrap-up | INCLUDES VIDEO | It was a record-setting year for the number of shootings in outer East Portland neighborhoods – and there’s signaling of a ‘ceasefire’ in 2022. Take a look at this week’s ‘Shots Fired Log’ and see for yourself …

No matter the weather, across our neighborhoods, Portland Police Bureau officers are called to shooting incidents.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Snow, ice and bitter cold might lead one to believe that real-life villains with guns would stay inside during this Holiday Season. Alas, they did not.

> After this week’s shooting stories, and our ‘Shots Fired Log’, you’ll find our Shooting Year in Review

 

About 100 shots fired in only 30 seconds, in Parkrose Heights


Take a look at this video that was provided to PPB investigators.
It was recorded by residential surveillance system; capturing the shooting.

Most people were inside staying warm as the temperatures dropped below freezing across outer East Portland the evening of December 28.

However, just north of NE Weidler Street on NE 108th Avenue, in the Gateway District, a gunfight broke out between several individuals.

PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to the scene at 9:42 p.m., and quickly closed off NE 108th Avenue, between Weidler and Broadway streets.

Officers close off this area, between the Hazelwood and Parkrose Heights neighborhoods, after a shootout. PPB image

“Arriving officers located evidence of gunfire, including almost 100 cartridge casings of multiple calibers,” said a police spokesperson about the shootout.

As the looked into the shooting, officers found bullet holes in several vehicles parked in the lot of Clamity (Sic) Jae’s Bar & Grill.

“At this time, there are no known physical injuries connected to this event,” the PPB official revealed.

The streets are littered with evidence markers over bullet casings found at the scene of this mass shooting. PPB image

The PPB’s Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) is investigating this crime and is asking anyone with information, including additional surveillance footage, to e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov; Attention: ECST – and reference Case No. 21-361241.

Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting call results in warrant arrests

An early morning row lend to someone calling 9-1-1 to report a shooting in Powellhurst-Gilbert.

Long before dawn on December 29, numerous PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched at 5:01 a.m. to SE 136th Avenue, between Division and Clinton streets, to look into reported shooting.

At the same time, emergency medical first responders were also dispatched to the scene.

Officers were responding to reports that several shots had been fired,” PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard responded, after looking up the incident’s details.

“A witness also heard someone say they had been shot, which caused a larger than average response,” Lt. Sheppard continued.

“Officers did find two individuals, who they took into custody. One of the people in custody was the one who said they’d been shot, but they hadn’t. The individuals had unrelated warrants,” Lt. Sheppard concluded.

Members of the PPB’s ECST responded, and took over the investigation. If you have information that can help, send it via email to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov; Attention: ECST – and reference Case No. 21-361241.

~ SHOTS FIRED LOG ~

In call kinds of weather, PPB officers are called to protect and serve outer East Portland residents – even on Christmas Eve.

Neither driving rain, sleet, snow, ice – or Christmas – slowed the number of ‘Shots Fired’ calls to which Portland Police officers responded this week.

Officers braved the weather to look into these 41 ‘Shots Fired’ calls – all in the greater outer East Portland area. Like all weeks, evidence of shooting was found at a few of these calls, but not all of them.

December 23
21-062886       12/23/2021 00:29:53   9200 Block of NE SKIDMORE ST
21-356332       12/23/2021 03:32:11   4500 Block of NE 105TH AVE
21-357062       12/23/2021 21:51:43   3100 Block of NE ROCKY BUTTE RD
21-357144       12/23/2021 23:27:37   SE 102ND AVE / SE STARK ST

December 24
21-357209       12/24/2021 01:10:08   5700 Block of NE KILLINGSWORTH ST
21-357221       12/24/2021 01:27:01   8700 Block of NE GOING ST
Christmas Eve
21-053048       12/24/2021 17:55:25   17300 Block of NE GLISAN ST
21-357903       12/24/2021 19:47:35   SE 88TH AVE / SE FOSTER RD
21-357922       12/24/2021 20:26:31   SE 131ST AVE / SE CLAYBOURNE ST
21-053077       12/24/2021 20:38:17   1900 Block of NE 170TH PL
21-358003       12/24/2021 22:43:58   NE 100TH AVE / NE IRVING ST

December 25
Christmas Day
21-358100       12/25/2021 01:17:02   NE 148TH AVE / E BURNSIDE ST
21-358143       12/25/2021 02:43:45   3300 Block of SE 153RD AVE
21-358182       12/25/2021 04:02:35   6200 Block of SE 70TH AVE
21-358509       12/25/2021 15:41:11   6300 Block of NE TILLAMOOK ST

December 26
21-359418       12/26/2021 19:43:08   5700 Block of SE RAMONA ST
21-359487       12/26/2021 21:52:59   100 Block of SE 106TH AVE
21-359490       12/26/2021 21:55:58   2300 Block of SE 141ST AVE
21-359556       12/26/2021 23:28:09   2600 Block of NE 111TH DR
21-359577       12/26/2021 23:49:19   3400 Block of SE 116TH AVE

December 27
21-359631       12/27/2021 01:44:03   9600 Block of SE STARK ST
21-359781       12/27/2021 08:13:26   NE 82ND AVE/NE ALDERWOOD RD
21-360241       12/27/2021 18:29:56   14500 Block of NE SHAVER ST
21-360326       12/27/2021 21:01:25   4400 Block of SE 80TH AVE
21-360342       12/27/2021 21:16:57   600 Block of SE 160TH AVE
21-360364       12/27/2021 21:45:46   15500 Block of NE ALTON ST
21-360461       12/27/2021 23:50:39   4300 Block of NE 85TH AVE

December 28
21-360482       12/28/2021 00:22:59   9900 Block of NE HALSEY ST
21-360519       12/28/2021 01:11:41   00 Block of SE 127TH AVE
21-360623       12/28/2021 05:52:25   11700 Block of SE BUSH ST
21-361023       12/28/2021 16:36:34   SE 102nd AVE/SE WOODSTOCK BLVD
21-361058       12/28/2021 17:23:16   SE 153RD AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
21-361093       12/28/2021 17:56:53   SE 82ND AVE / SE FOSTER RD
21-361241       12/28/2021 21:42:31   10800 Block of NE HALSEY ST
21-63561         12/28/2021 21:55:35   NE MAYWOOD PL/NE SKIDMORE ST

December 29
21-361404       12/29/2021 03:20:16   13700 Block of SE POWELL BLVD
21-361559       12/29/2021 09:58:46   6300 Block of SE 100TH AVE
21-361815       12/29/2021 16:12:25   7600 Block of SE 82ND AVE
21-362006       12/29/2021 20:53:25   SE 92ND AVE / SE RAMONA ST
21-362078       12/29/2021 22:38:47   16900 Block of SE MAIN ST

December 30
21-362163       12/30/2021 00:38:59   NE 118TH AVE / NE SANDY BLVD

~ 2021 Shooting Year in Review ~

  • Baseline: In 2019, there were 163 separate shootings in Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct; most of outer East Portland.
  • There were 399 shootings during 2020 in our area, a 144.8% increase over 2019.
  • Then – in 2021 – East Precinct led other areas with 535 shootings, which is a 34.1% increase over 2020.
  • And, North Precinct – which includes Parkrose, Argay Terrace and Wilkes neighborhoods – saw 501 shooting incidents, a 64.3% increase over 2020.

 

An inconvenient concurrence?

Some say it’s just a coincidence that the uptick in shootings began in June 2020, immediately after the PPB Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) was disbanded by Portland’s Police Commissioner – Mayor Ted Wheeler – on June 9, 2020. In an August 6, 2020, press conference, Mayor Wheeler teased that the GVRT might be brought back “in some form” – although would not be reinstated.

On February 19, 2021, Wheeler announced that the PPB’s Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) had been formed – not to head off shootings, but to investigate them.

Yet, the number of shootings continued to increase.

The mayor’s next announcement was that the PPB was forming a Focused Intervention Team (FIT); and, along with it, a “FIT Community Oversight Group (COG)”, which started meeting on June 4 to provide oversight of a team that has yet to be activated. The FIT-COG has yet to reveal the operating parameters of this new PPB squad that was supposed to be operational in November, but so far, is not.

And still, the number of shootings continued to increase.

“The new members of the PPB Focused Intervention Team are scheduled to officially transfer into the unit on January 6, 2022,” was the update provided to East Portland News by the bureau’s Lt. Nathan Sheppard. “They will immediately begin a specialized training program, which will end on January 15, after that they will be deployed.”

Hopefully, the FIT’s one acting lieutenant, two sergeants, and dozen officers can find a way to reduce the number of shootings in 2022.

And with that, we wish you a Happier New Year.

© 2021 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News™

 

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