Eight more East Portland shootings, in just 7 days

While we’d hoped for some ‘Silent Nights’ during the Holiday Season, but shooting violence continues to run rampant in outer East Portland …

At the scene at this shooting, in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, officers gather evidence – before moving on to their next shooting crime scene.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Incidents of people using guns to commit violent crimes in outer East Portland have continued unabated, during the Holidays.

>> To see the comments by Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Chief of Police Chuck Lovell about the suspected cause for the dramatic increase shooting violence, and what can be done about it, CLICK HERE to read Mayor Wheeler stays mum about shootings surge”.

December 20 at 9:10 a.m.
Car shot up in Powellhurst-Gilbert

Officers locate an adult male whose car had been struck by gunfire near SE 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard; the victim was not injured in this shooting. A “suspect vehicle”, likely stolen, was found abandoned near SE 128th Avenue and Harold Street, and was towed away by police.

December 22 at 11:57 p.m.
Bullets strike Montavilla residence

PPB East Precinct officers find spent shell casings in the street, and bullet strikes to an unoccupied residence, near NE 72nd Avenue near Glisan Street. No further information is available.

December 23 at 9:39 p.m.
Suspect shoots sky in Powellhurst Gilbert

In this “moving crime scene” officers finally land about three blocks away from where the shooting began during this odd shooting spree.

In the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, PPB East Precinct officers were first called to the area of SE 121st Avenue near Harold Street, looking into a “Shots Fired” call. Thanks to witness’s tips, officers located the suspect not far away, in the 4304 block of SE 122nd Avenue.

“It would appear a suspect shot several rounds up into the air from a firearm,” PPB Public Information Officer Melissa Newhard told East Portland News. “The rounds did not strike anything, but the casings were later found – and a suspect was taken into custody.”

December 24 at 11:01 p.m.
Shooting at Parkrose motel wounds one

They find many spent bullet casings, but officers at this Parkrose shooting find no evidence – because the shot-up car had driven away.

Many calls to the 9-1-1 Center; all at about the same time, sent PPB North Precinct officers to the Rodeway Inn/Quality Inn Airport complex in the 9700 block of NE Sandy Boulevard.

“Officers arrived just after several vehicles were seen leaving the parking lot following the shooting; but officers did find gunfire evidence, including eleven 9mm shell casings,” reported Officer Newhard.

“Around 12:19 a.m., a man walked into a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his torso; but didn’t want to speak to responding officers,” Newhard continued. “A dark sedan, matching the description of the vehicle seen in a video surveillance, was found in the hospital’s parking lot with 11 bullet strikes and blood inside.”

December 24 at 5:38 p.m.
Shots ring out in Hazelwood

Yet another “Shots Fired” call brought eight PPB East Precinct officers to SE 97th Avenue near Pine Street, just north of the Chestnut Tree Inn Annex. Evidence of gunfire was found, but no victims or suspects were located.

December 26 at 8:37 p.m.
Teen girl shot in Montavilla

A different “Shots Fired” call brought officers to the area of NE 82nd Avenue of Roses and Glisan Street. “Officers found evidence of a shooting near there; and a short time later, a 15 year-old female walked into an area hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound,” recounted PPB Public Information Officer Derek Carmon. That Case Number is #20-38032, if you have any information on it.

December 26 at 9:46 p.m.
Man wounded in Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting

What was behind the shooting that officers are investigating here are unknown, but a man was shot and wounded, here on SE 92nd Avenue.

Neighbors near the intersection of SE 92nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard called the 9-1-1 Center, to say that a person had been shot nearby. “Officers found multiple casings, and a vehicle that was struck by gunfire – and located a significant amount of blood, but no victim,” Officer Carmon reported.

“While officers were investigating, an adult male walked into an area hospital with a serious, but non-life-threatening, gunshot wound,” he added. That case number is #20-380369.

December 26 at 11:23 p.m.
Plaid Pantry shot up in Cully

Just east of the Parkrose neighborhood, North Precinct officers were dispatched to a convenience store in the 6000 block of NE Columbia Boulevard. “Apparently, an employee confronted teens who were stealing items, and repeatedly asked them to leave,” Carmon said. “One of the teens spit on the employee prior to leaving the store; and, moments after the suspects left the store, shots were fired into the store.”

The employee was not injured by the gunfire, however. That case number is #20-380432.

Investigations into all of these incidents are ongoing, and anyone with information about any these incidents is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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