Bullets fly in Montavilla shootout

Discover why some say its a miracle no one was wounded, when dozens of gun shots were fired near an apartment complex …

Police officers establish a crime scene in Montavilla, at NE 92nd Place and East Burnside Street, where some 36 gunshots were fired.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In a no-name apartment complex, located on the border of Columbia Christian Schools at the northwest corner of NE 92nd Place and East Burnside Street, residents ducked for cover when gunshots rang out just before 10:00 p.m. on February 13.

Resident Scott Freeman said he was watching videos with his children and “hit the floor” after his third-floor apartment unit window shattered, and glass hit his shirt.

That bullets could break his window and lodge in the wall of his outer East Portland apartment was “pretty scary”, Freeman told reporters.

Portland Police criminalists arrive at the scene, ready to document the many bullet holes in the apartment building.

Twelve Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers rolled in when Dispatch put out the call, at 9:51 p.m. that evening.

“Officers located evidence of gunfire that indicated nearly three dozen rounds were fired in the street,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Members of the PPB Gang Enforcement Team look for evidence after the shooting.

“At least two neighboring apartments were hit by bullets, but there are no reported injuries,” Simpson confirmed.

Police closed down East Burnside Street, from the I-205 freeway overpass west to SE 90th Avenue, as detectives, members of the Gang Enforcement Team, and criminalists went to work at the scene of the shooting.

“Witnesses told police that they heard gunfire, and vehicles speeding out of the area,” Simpson said.

Officers document their findings at the scene of the gunfire.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106, or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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