Daylight gunshot homicide rocks Powellhurst-Gilbert

Week #104 Shooting Report | WITH VIDEO | Here’s why officers from all over the city converged near Powell Boulevard and 122nd Avenue on July 8. Then read about other outer East Portland daytime injury shootings, and check the weekly ‘Shots Fired Log’ all right here …

Portland Police Bureau officers swarm into the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, after a shooting leaves one person deceased. Sadly, it’s just one of many shooting calls this week.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The big news of the week was a brazen daylight shooting in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood that left one man dead. It took place just after our “Week #103 Shooting Report” was published.

As well, there were other confirmed injury shootings in our area to which Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were called – all boldly taking place in the daytime. And another 29 “Shots Fired” calls were logged.

July 8
Shooting homicide in Powellhurst-Gilbert

It’s still unknown how the Toyota, at the left, and the Ford SUV figure into this deadly shooting.

A couple of hours before sunset on Friday, July 8, shots preceded cars crashing in the intersection of SE Powell Boulevard and 112th Avenue. Some witnesses said the shooting took place at the Space Age Fuel station on the southeast corner of the intersection, next to a 7-Eleven store.

Front end damage to a silver Ford SUV, on the driver’s side, was obvious as it was stopped facing eastbound on Powell. Another vehicle – a maroon Toyota Camry, with its rear window blown out – was stopped in the northwest part of the intersection.

Officers expand the crime scene, moving back neighbors, local workers and onlookers from the intersection.

Taken from blocks away, looking west along SE Powell Boulevard is the crime scene.

At 7:12 p.m. arriving, PPB East Precinct officers made a shocking discovery about one of the vehicle occupants: “Officers located one male deceased, and another injured,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Kevin Allen at a media staging area several blocks away. “The injured male was transported to the hospital by ambulance and treated; his injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.”

Watch, as this investigation and search unfolds:

The shooters left the scene before police were called. But, a subsequent investigation led officers to locate possible “persons of interest” in the area of SE 120th Avenue north of Powell Boulevard. “Officers responded and multiple subjects ran; numerous officers set up a large perimeter around the area,” Sgt. Allen said.

SE 122nd Avenue is closed down as law enforcement members search for fleeing shooting suspects.

Because officers believed that armed subjects were nearby, the PPB Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) units were called in, as well as the Focused Intervention Team (FIT). “AIR1”, the PPB’s “eye-in-the-sky”, circled overhead while K9 Police Dog teams attempted to sniff out the suspects.

“Because of the large size of the perimeter containment area, officers from North and Central Precincts also responded to assist,” Sgt. Allen pointed out. Calling this a very large callout was not hyperbole: At one point, a total of 71 law enforcement units were in the area, including officers from the Gresham Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Looking south on SE 119th Avenue from Clinton Street, SERT officers, and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office K9 team watch for suspects fleeing through neighborhood yards.

SE 122nd Avenue was shut down from Clinton Street south to Holgate Boulevard. Powell Boulevard was closed off between 108th Avenue and 122nd Avenue. Community members were notified by phone through the Public Alerts system about the police activity underway, and they were asked to stay in place behind locked doors and windows, and to notify police about any suspicious activity they saw.

Officers guarding the perimeter told East Portland News that several suspects had been seen “jumping backyard fences” at they headed northeast from where they were first encountered.

In the neighborhood blocks, near SE 120th Avenue and Woodward Place, officers keep a sharp eye out for suspects seen hopping fences in yards.

A main focus of the search was SE 119th Avenue from Clinton Street south to Powell Boulevard; and along Woodward Place, at the corner of 120th Avenue. SERT and other officers were focusing their attention into back yards.

Another area of interest was the street “loop” of Tibbetts and Kelly Streets, connected by SE 120th Avenue.

The yard-by-yard search concluded at about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, after “multiple subjects were detained, pending further investigation; no other subjects are actively being sought,” as Sgt. Allen put it.

Detectives still investigating; details withheld
Later in the week, East Portland News asked Sgt. Allen if there were updates on this case.

“For investigative reasons, Detectives do not want specifics released, such as how many people were detained, because they’re still investigating this homicide,” he responded.

How this Toyota, with windows that look as if they were shot out, figures into this case is still unknown.

Following up, when we asked about the two vehicles in the intersection, Sgt. Allen patiently replied, “They’re not discussing any details about involved vehicles; that’s part of the investigation.”

This homicide report will be updated when more information becomes available.

If you have information about this case, please contact Detective Michael Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@portlandoregon.gov , 503-823-0991; or Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov , 503-823-0762.

This is Case No. 22-182848.

July 11
Shooting in Parkrose injures one

On the border of the City of Maywood Park and the Parkrose neighborhood, a wounded man is rushed to a local hospital after reportedly being shot.

The first daytime injury shooting of the day started when “shots fired” were reported to the 9-1-1 Center of a person being shot along NE Prescott Street near 85th Avenue. Officers were at 6:19 a.m. that morning.

Officers look into this early morning shooting in Parkrose.

“Officers found a 44-year-old male victim who was injured; he said he had been shot,” reported Sgt. Allen about this case. “However, available reports do not indicate whether that was independently confirmed.”

The man was taken to a local hospital; the extent of his injuries are unknown. There have been no arrests. This is Case No. 22-185250.

July 11
Shootout in Gresham parking lot

After an exchange of gunfire takes place, Gresham Police Department officers come to investigate.

Later on July 11, six blocks east of the boundary line between Portland and Gresham, in broad daylight, shots were fired in the parking lot of the Rosewood Park Apartments, at 16836 SE Stark Street.

At 1:05 p.m. on Monday, July 11, five Gresham Police Department (GPD) and six PPB officers were sent there.

“This call described two people who were shooting at each other in a parking lot; one was in a car that drove away just as police arrived,” GPT Public Information Officer Adam Baker told East Portland News. “As that car fled, it crashed into a fixed object around SE 190th Avenue at Stark Street, and the driver was apprehended.

Officers find evidence of the shooting, including this backpack, left behind as a gunman fled the scene on foot.

“The other shooter fled south into the neighborhood blocks; we searched for that person for quite a while,” he continued. “Shortly after officers left the scene, the second shooter returned and ultimately was apprehended a short time later.

“There were no injuries were reported in the shooting, but there was some property damage.”

If you have information about this shooting, contact the Gresham Police Department via email at GPD@GreshamOregon.gov; or by phone at their Crime Tips Line at 503-618-2719. This is Gresham Case No. 22-25699.

July 14
Man shot in Gateway mum about shooting

Portland Police are dispatched to the Gateway Shopping Center, after bullets leave a man wounded.

Two shots rang out in the rear of the Gateway Shopping Center, facing NE 99th Avenue, near the Gateway Transit Center, and a male victim fell to the sidewalk behind a vacant storefront.

Calls to the 9-1-1 Center dispatched PPB North Precinct officers and medical emergency first responders there at 1:18 p.m.

Yellow markers show the location of spent bullet shell casings after this, yet another daytime shooting in outer East Portland.

A PPB Sergeant at the scene said they found a man with a gunshot wound who was heavily bleeding. Officers rapid arrival likely saved the man’s life; they applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, and provided first aid until an ambulance arrived.

The victim was taken to an area hospital’s Trauma Center; his condition is unknown.

Although officers saved his life, the victim stubbornly refused to provide to them any information about the crime – refusing even to say in which direction his assailant had left the area.

The PPB’s FIT arrived investigate; the shooter remains at large.

This is Case No. 22-188640.

Shootings, outside our area

This week, there were four incidents of shootings, to which emergency medical providers were also dispatched:

  • July 9 at 11:15 p.m. – Humbolt; N Alberta/Albina; Case No. 22-183935
  • July 10 at 3:54 a.m. – Saben; N 14th/Failing St; Case No. 22-184149
  • July 10 at 7:33 p.m. – King; NE 12th/Prescott; Case No. 22-66484
  • July 11 at 5:27 p.m. – Gresham; SE 173rd/Pine; Case No. 22-25729

 

If you have information about any of these shootings, email it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov – and be sure to include the Case Number.

~ SHOTS FIRED LOG ~

Now that most of the illegal fireworks have been set off, the number of “Shots Fired” calls in our area has returned to normal: 29 of them this week. Not at all of these calls do officers find a victim, or evidence of a shooting.

July 6 [+3 outside our area]
22-180855       07/06/2022 at 20:23:32           1900 Block of SE 84TH AVE
22-180952       07/06/2022 at 22:13:53           11800 Block of SE GLADSTONE ST

July 7 [+4 outside our area]
22-181159       07/07/2022 at 04:19:15           500 Block of NE 148TH AVE
22-181778       07/07/2022 at 18:47:29           6400 Block of SE 80TH AVE
22-182028       07/07/2022 at 23:32:59           SE 129TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD

July 8  [+5 outside our area]
22-182045       07/08/2022 at 00:00:48           1900 Block of SE 122ND AVE
22-182082       07/08/2022 at 01:05:09           3100 Block of NE 80TH AVE
22-182153       07/08/2022 at 02:37:50           SE NAEGELI DR / SE POWELL BLVD
22-182177       07/08/2022 at 03:21:37           17600 Block of SE MARIE ST
22-182187       07/08/2022 at 03:41:00           00 Block of NE 100TH AVE
22-182193       07/08/2022 at 03:48:31           SE 115TH AVE / SE CLINTON ST
22-182305       07/08/2022 at 08:26:52           2000 Block of SE 122ND AVE
22-182438       07/08/2022 at 11:16:15           00 Block of SE 83RD AVE
22-182712       07/08/2022 at 16:56:00           10200 Block of SE KNAPP ST
22-183021       07/08/2022 at 23:49:10           8500 Block of NE KNOTT ST

July 9  [+6 outside our area]
22-183040       07/09/2022 at 00:15:51           SE 122ND AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
22-183706       07/09/2022 at 18:55:00           9900 Block of NE SANDY BLVD

July 10  [+5 outside our area]
22-184023       07/10/2022 at 00:56:31           100 Block of SE 151ST AVE
22-184038       07/10/2022 at 01:10:34           3300 Block of SE 122ND AVE
22-184152       07/10/2022 at 04:04:03           2200 Block of NE 102ND AVE
22-184153       07/10/2022 at 04:06:23           2000 Block of NE 60TH AVE
22-184971       07/10/2022 at 22:46:47           4600 Block of SE 74TH AVE
22-185005       07/10/2022 at 23:28:58           12800 Block of SE STARK ST

July 11  [+7 outside our area]
22-185059       07/11/2022 at 00:24:25           NE 92ND AVE / NE THOMPSON ST
22-185943       07/11/2022 at 21:32:47           NE GLISAN ST / NE 139TH AVE
22-185988       07/11/2022 at 22:33:48           SE 136TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD

July 12 [+4 outside our area]
22-186928       07/12/2022 at 19:58:13           SE 160TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-187151       07/13/2022 at 00:33:25           3100 Block of NE ROCKY BUTTE RD

July 13  [+3 outside our area]
22-187764       07/13/2022 at 16:34:55           5900 Block of NE 122ND AVE

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

In the time before multiple shootings became a routine daily occurrence, incidents of armed assaults by violent people were relatively rare.  Now, even with Portland Police’s new “specialty teams” working fulltime, shootings and gunshot-related homicides continue to increase.

Back then, most all shootings were at night. Now, as seen during this week, shootings are brazenly taking place in broad daylight.

Still, we continue to hope for a reversal of this alarming trend.

© 2022 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News™

 

 

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