6 shootings, 6 wounded, in 7 days

The good news was that nobody was murdered in these incidents, as gun violence played out in the Hazelwood, Mill Park, and Parkrose neighborhoods …

-1 Shootings bring Portland Police Bureau officers to call after call, across outer East Portland neighborhoods.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Gun violence continues to rise explosively this summer across outer East Portland – so much so, that to keep up, media like East Portland News has begun compiling “weekly compendiums” of shooting incidents, instead of reporting them as individual stories. Here’s this week’s compilation … .

July 24: One wounded in Hazelwood

Officers look for evidence, when a man is shot near apartments in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

Near the intersection of SE 121st Avenue and East Burnside Street, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers arrived on July 24 at 11:46 p.m., after a caller to the 9-1-1 Center reported that a person had been shot there.

“When officers arrived on-scene they found an adult male victim with a gunshot wound, who was transported to a local hospital by ambulance,” said PPB Public Information Officer Melissa Newhard about the incident.

“The victim’s medical status is unknown at this time. Given the circumstances of the incident, there is [considered to be] no threat to the community.”

July 26: Person shot near Lincoln Park

After someone is shot near the northwest corner of Lincoln Park, police investigate.

Officials have yet to provide information regarding an incident, also in the Hazelwood neighborhood, dispatched on July 26 at 8:48 p.m. as a “Shooting – with Weapon” that brought both medical emergency first responders and police officers to an area just northwest of Lincoln Park Elementary School.

On south side of SE Mill Street, midway between SE 130th and SE 136th Avenues, at the west edge of Lincoln Park, Portland Fire & Rescue Mill Park Station 7 paramedic/firefighters riding Engine 7 pulled up at a black vehicle, just as PPB officers rolled into the area.

An ambulance reportedly took a patient to a local hospital.

Status of this incident remains unresolved; apparently the shooter is still at large.

July 28: Mill Park shooting injures man

Officers cordon off this lane of SE 122nd Avenue, just north of Stark Street, as an afternoon shooting takes place in the Mill Park neighborhood.

On SE 122nd Avenue, adjacent to the closed-down and fenced-off Burgerville store just north of Stark Street, was where witnesses reported that a man had been shot in the street on Tuesday, June 28, in an incident dispatched at 3:32 p.m.

“The gunshot victim said he was walking near the [closed down] Burgerville restaurant – yet, somehow, a vehicle quickly appeared to whisk him away to an area hospital,” commented a PPB officer at the scene.

Some officers remain at the scene, while a police investigator speaks with a reportedly uncooperative witness/victim at a nearby hospital.

“Officers, who arrived and began an investigation, later learned that a person [suspected to have been involved in the incident] had arrived at an area hospital with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening,” was the official word from PPB Public Information Officer Derek Carmon.

This is just one of the bullet shell casings found at the scene of the shooting.

Across the street, at the Astro gas station, officers reportedly located both 9mm and 45 caliber bullet shell casings near the sidewalk.

“Given the circumstances of the incident, there [is not considered to be a] threat to the community,” Carmon revealed.

July 29: Man survives two gunshot wounds, in Parkrose

Police come to this typically-quiet residential Parkrose street, where a man is wounded by gunfire.

In the Parkrose neighborhood, near the Parkrose School District offices and the Astro Apartments along NE Prescott Street, PPB North Precinct officers were dispatched in the early hours of Wednesday, July 29, at 1:54 p.m.

They were quickly joined by medical emergency first responders in the 10700 block of NE Prescott Street.

“Officers found an adult male victim with two gunshot wounds; he was transported to a hospital by ambulance and his medical status is unknown at this time,” said PPB Public Information Officer Melissa Newhard about the incident.

“There were several shell casings at the scene,” Newhard said, not commenting on whether there might be residual danger to the community.

July 30: Another shooting in Parkrose wounds one

Awaiting the arrival of PPB Homicide Division detectives, officers close off NE Sandy Boulevard after a person was shot.

The morning of July 30, at 8:13 a.m., near the Courtesy Inn Motel in the 11300 block of NE Sandy Boulevard, North Precinct officers were dispatched to look into a shooting.

“When officers arrived at the location, they learned a victim had been shot,” noted Officer Derek Carmon.

“The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance: the victim’s medical status is unknown at this time,” Carmon said

“The suspects who shot the victim have not been located,” he added.

July 31: Man wounded in Hazelwood shooting

On the last morning of July 2020, it’s East Precinct officers going to a call where a “camper” was shot.

In another morning shooting, the next day, on July 31, officers from PPB’s East Precinct were dispatched to a “camp” near NE 118th Avenue and Couch Street, at 8:38 a.m.

“As officers arrived, and medics were already treating an adult male with a wound to the abdomen,” said Public Information Officer Lt. Tina Jones about his incident.

“The male victim was taken to an area hospital and is undergoing surgery; and preliminarily, it is expected he will survive,” Jones added.

Officers learned the bullet traveled through the victim and struck a nearby vehicle, which shattered the window, noted jones.

In each of these cases, those with information about these shootings, who have not yet been contacted by investigators, are asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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