Deadly daytime shooting rocks Lents

It’s not clear if the danger has passed for neighbors nearby, after this outer East Portland shooting that leaves one victim deceased  …

A long block south of SE Foster Road, in the Lents neighborhood, police have SE 84th Avenue closed off, as well as SE Ramona Street.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After gunshots rang out, reported to police at 10:09 a.m. on April 24, a man fell to the pavement, wounded in the Lents neighborhood.

It wasn’t long until Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers closed off SE 84th Avenue, from SE Foster Road south to Ramona Street.

Police activity appeared to be centered in the parking lot of the Hing Ming Market, located on the south side of SE Foster Road, adjacent to the angled intersection with SE Ellis Street.

Inside the PPB Mobile Command Center, parked in front of the Hing Ming Store & Restaurant along SE Foster Road, investigators and criminalists work on the case.

“When officers arrived, they were directed to an adult male with what appeared to be a gunshot injury; he was provided emergency medical care at the scene, then was transported to an area hospital where is condition is considered ‘life threatening’,” said a Bureau spokesperson.

Members with the PPB Tactical Operation Division’s Gun Violence Reduction Team and criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division arrived aid the investigation.

Portland Police detectives exchange information they’ve uncovered about the shooting.

The PPB Mobile Command Center served as headquarters for the investigation. Meantime, officers canvassed the area, and located evidence of gunfire.

By mid afternoon, as the investigation was winding down, under the watchful eye of detectives and officers, a Ford Escape Limited minivan was loaded onto a flatbed tow rig and removed from the scene.

This shooting investigation – later to become a murder investigation – continues as wrecker driver prepares to haul away this Ford Escape Limited minivan, and detectives eye potential evidence.

Officials aren’t saying if, or how, this vehicle was connected with the shooting. Police are remaining tight-lipped about the results of their investigation – to the point of not revealing whether or not neighbors might still be in danger.
Only hours later, and not far away, police responded to a second fatal shooting the same afternoon; an apparently drive-by crime. See our separate report on that one.

The day following the first shooting, the victim died at the hospital.

Officials say this man, 39 year-old James G. Richardson, died from a gunshot wound.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and determined the death was a result of the gunshot wound, and positively identified the victim as 39 year-old James G. Richardson

As the investigation continues, police ask that anyone with information about the incident or what led up to it, contact Homicide Detective Mark Slater at (503) 823-9319 or or Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762 or

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