Centennial shooting wounds one

Gang revenge, or road rage? Here’s what’s been learned about a high-noon shooting in outer East Portland …

A Portland Police Bureau CSI takes photos where a shooting took place, in the Centennial neighborhood; a man was shot in this parking lot.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Two people say they heard gunshots – “several of them” – but apparently didn’t actually see the man shot in the store parking lot, a little after noon on June 5. And they disagreed about what led up to the shooting.

Both said they were in the Fred Meyer parking lot at SE Division Street and 147th Avenue when the shots rang out.

Evidence markers dot the pavement behind this Toyota Camry LE; it’s not known whether, or how, this vehicle might have been involved with the shooting.

“People are telling me that this was an extreme case of road rage,” said Billy Portage.

“No, I don’t think so,” Juliette Burns told East Portland News. “I think this is a revenge shooting, from something that happened last week.”

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officials aren’t saying what they think led to the broad daylight shooting, other than to report that, at 12:31 p.m., East Precinct officers were called to the east side of the Fred Meyer super store by a report that a person had been shot.

Investigators inspect evidence left behind, after the victim was taken to a hospital suffering gunshot wounds.

“Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived and found an adult male suffering from what was believed to be a non-life-threatening gunshot injury,” said a Police Bureau spokesperson. “Emergency medical personnel provided the man medical aid, and transported him by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.”

Gathering evidence well into the afternoon, members of the Bureau’s Gun Violence Response Team look for clues.

Members of the PPB Gun Violence Response Team and Forensic Division members came to investigate the shooting. “Officers located and detained one person of interest nearby,” the spokesperson said.

But it’s not yet known if the “person of interest” was arrested. “This is an ongoing investigation, and more details will be released as they become available,” is how the police official left it.

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