Bullets fly, in Powellhurst-Gilbert incident

This outer East Portland shooting leaves one man seriously wounded, and bullet holes in nearby buildings. The suspect is still at large …

SE Powell Boulevard is closed in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, from SE 122nd  Avenue to 125th Avenue, after a drive-by shooter wounds a man.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Gunshots were widely heard in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood on Friday afternoon, April 10, bringing Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers to a location on SE Powell Boulevard a bit north of SE 122nd Avenue, at 3:56 p.m.

Within a short period of time, 22 officers had arrived – as well as a crew riding Portland Fire & Rescue Mill Park Station’s Engine 7, and ambulance paramedics, who together were tending to a wounded man found an parking lot near what appeared to be a tented homeless encampment.

Investigators carefully inspect this tent in the parking lot, and the area in front of it, where the man was shot.

The PPB Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) came to investigate the shooting; East Precinct officers helped by marking off bullet casings found in SE Powell Boulevard.

“After being taken to a local hospital and undergoing surgery, the adult male victim is expected to recover. He was seriously wounded, being shot multiple times,” said a PPB spokesperson.

Using business cards as temporary evidence indicators, an officer marks the location of one of many silver bullet casings.

Detectives reported learning that the shooting victim was in the parking lot, on the north side of the street, when a suspect in a vehicle drove up and shot him.

A bullet punches a hole in this store’s window, but no one inside is injured. PPB image

The “Still Smokin Tobacco for Less” store at 12325 SE Powell Boulevard was also struck by bullets, but no one near the shop, or inside it, was injured.

“GVRT is continuing to try to identify the suspect; no description is publicly available,” the police official said.

The investigation into the shooting continues, on into the evening.

Anyone with information about this shooting, is asked to contact GVRT at 503-823-4106 or e-mail information to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov.

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