15 hours, six shootings, scores of bullets, two wounded, in outer East Portland

Week 63 Shooting Report | This week, from Parkrose to Powellhurst-Gilbert, shootings persist, without ceasing. Now, Multnomah County says they’re spending millions to solve the problem …

Across outer East Portland, and beyond, Portland Police Bureau officers are called to investigate shootings – again this week.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Two days after September 21, within about 15 hours, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were called to investigate six bona fide shooting incidents – plus, 16 additional “Shots Fired” calls – Multnomah County officials announced “all hands on deck to fight gun violence”.

>> Read how Multnomah County plans to “address the root causes of violence” later in this article.

September 21 at 2:20 a.m.
At least ten shots ring out in Brentwood-Darlington

An officer confers with others, after a shooting along these residential streets in this neighborhood.

After 9-1-1 Center operators took several calls about shots being fired, their first shooting call of the day, they dispatched PPB East Precinct officers to SE 67th Avenue at Ogden Street.

While officers didn’t find any shooting victims, or related property damage, they did come across more than 10 bullet cartridge casings.

If you have information, photos or security video to share, send an email to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 21-263320.

September 21 at 4:30 a.m.
Another gunshot victim wounded in Madison South

Near where last week’s daylight shooting occurred, a person is wounded in an overnight shooting along NE Sandy Boulevard.

Along NE Sandy Boulevard, just east of 82nd Avenue of Roses – and just two blocks north of where officers investigated a startling daylight shooting on September 16 which left two people wounded – gunfire broke out once again.

This time, officers found an individual who had been wounded, suffering from an injury not judged to be life-threatening, and sent the person to a local hospital in an ambulance.

A PPB official said that officers did a thorough search, but were uncertain exactly where this shooting had occurred. However, they suspect that the actually shooting took place near The Grotto, at 8840 NE Skidmore Street.

If you have information about this shooting, send what you know in an email to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No.21-263395.

September 21 at 11:09 a.m.
Drive-by shooter sprays bullets near Parkrose

Officers looking another shooting, this one in Sumner neighborhood near Parkrose.

Later that morning, on the western edge of the Parkrose neighborhood, along NE Sandy Boulevard at Prescott Street, PPB North Precinct officers were sent out on another shooting call.

There, they discovered multiple cartridge casings – however, no injuries were reported.

So, if you have information about this shooting, our have video surveillance video of it to share, send it along in an email to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No.21-263395.

September 21 at 3:07 p.m.
Uncooperative shooting victim seeks medical attention

When apparent victims of crime arrive in hospital emergency rooms, the medical personnel are required to inform the police of it.

On September 21st, such a call was placed. “The victim, suffered a non-life threatening injury, was uncooperative with police, other than to indicate that the injury had occurred at a shooting in an unknown location, in Portland, overnight,” a PPB spokesperson reported.

Should you be able to help officials with information about this, send it along in an email to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 21-263821.

September 21 at 6:02 p.m.
Pedestrians caught in drive-by shooting in Powellhurst-Gilbert

From inside the patrol vehicle, an officer keeps an eye out for a drive-by shooter.

A group of people walking along SE 111th Avenue, two blocks south of Holgate Boulevard, ducked for cover when someone with a gun, in a vehicle, reportedly opened fire on them that evening while driving by.

Fortunately, nobody was injured, officials say.

Investigators are looking for information; email it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 21-264030

September 21 at 6:50 p.m.
Again, gunfire erupts along SE 72nd Avenue

Officers investigate gunshots fired, and a stolen car, along this neighborhood street.

Week after week, there’s been long series of location-specific shootings in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood – along SE 72nd Avenue, near Mt. Scott City Park.

Numerous reports by neighbors, once again hearing gunshots on their street, brought PPB officers to the now-familiar shooting locus.

Although officers again found several cartridge casings at the crime scene, no injuries were reported. An unoccupied stolen vehicle, thought to be related to the incident, was found a short distance away – where it had crashed.

If you have information about this incident to share with investigators, email it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 21-264061.

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“Multnomah County leaders announce
‘all hands on deck’ to fight gun violence”

This was the headline on a press release issued, after a press conference, on September 23 by Multnomah County.

The county’s redoubled attack on shooting crimes will not mean “going back to tough-on-crime” era policies, vows Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. Multnomah County provided image

At a press conference, it was announced that Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has assigned “his most experienced prosecutors” to the “toughest homicide cases”; and is now “working to secure $1 million in funding to bring on two new investigators and four new attorneys to investigate and prosecute shooting murder cases”. But, apparently, not for prosecuting any individuals simply caught shooting up a neighborhood.

“In this moment of urgency, we must not go backward to the tough-on-crime era policies that seeded where we are today, hollowing out families and creating cycles of poverty and oppression,” Schmidt stated, somewhat opaquely.

“Prevention and intervention” are the focus of Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese’s programs, he says. Multnomah County provided image

It was also revealed that Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese been working on a program with the Gresham Police Department, Department of Community Justice, the City of Portland’s Office of Violence Prevention, as was reported by the District Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

The county sheriff’s part of the program is based on “prevention and intervention” – including holding accountable those who are illegally supplying firearms to criminals,” Reese is quoted as saying.

Initiating “call-ins” is part of Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice Director, Erika Preuitt’s, plan. Multnomah County provided image

‘Call-ins’ as a response to ‘gun violence’
It was unclear what the announced “plans for ‘call-ins’ to respond to gun violence” by the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, actually would do.

According to provided information provided by the department’s director, Erika Preuitt, “These targeted virtual public announcements will be dispersed to people on Community Justice caseloads engaged in unsafe behavior; they will relay a message that this level of violence is not acceptable and will lead to consequences, and also, educate [them] about services and support available.”

$2.8 million will be spent on “upstream public and behavioral health programs to address the root causes of violence,” says Multnomah County Health Department Director Ebony Clark. Multnomah County provided image

And, Multnomah County Health Department Director Ebony Clarke stated that his Bureau is directing more than $2.8 million to “upstream public and behavioral health programs to address the root causes of violence.

“That’s why it’s so important to push forward anti-poverty initiatives, emergency housing, trauma-informed therapy and drug treatment, school-based services, hunger relief, and access to healthcare clinics,” Clark added.

Editor’s Note: One can only hope the efforts and money spent by these Multnomah County agencies will somehow help stop the shooting done by violent criminals –  who apparently are not the direct target of any of these initiatives – or, removing guns from their hands, before a shooting homicide takes place.

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