Gang shooting victim also struck by hit-and-run driver

UPDATED! Suspect jailed. See why, although it looks as if the gunshot victim will survive, Glenfair neighbors are on edge …

More than a dozen police officers gather, closing down both the intersection of NE 148th Avenue and E. Burnside Street and the TriMet MAX Station.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
A group of people were outside near the apartments on NE 148th Avenue, just north of E. Burnside Street, when gunfire erupted about 10:25 p.m. on June 13.

“Several African American males confronted them, and one of the suspects pulled a gun and fired several rounds,” recounted Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Peter Simpson.

An officer looks for evidence in the yard of a house, just east of NE 148th Avenue.

“At least two vehicles then fled the area,” Simpson added.

When PPB East Precinct officers arrived, they found an adult man, suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip, said Simpson. The victim told police that as he ran from the shots, he was also hit by a car – which did not remain at the scene.

On the sidewalk along NE 148th Avenue – the personal effects of the shooting victim.

“I’m feeling pretty nervous every time I get off the MAX train here,” said Chantiquah Smith, as she looked at the dozen or more police officers at the scene.

“I sure am hoping now that this doesn’t get worse this summer. A lot of gangsters live around here,” Smith told East Portland News.

The shooting victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment of what Simpson described as “non-life-threatening injuries”. Individuals that lingered at the scene said they heard medical responders say that a bullet had apparently passed through and exited the victim.

Glenfair residents say they hope gang violence doesn’t increase during the summer months in their neighborhood.

On June 14, Gang Enforcement Team detectives arrested 19-year-old Rasool Islam in connection with the June 13 shooting at 148th Avenue and East Burnside that injured 19-year-old Amel Johnson.

“Both Islam and Johnson are known gang associates,” Simpson said.

Gang Enforcement Team detectives developed probable cause to arrest Islam for the shooting and began to conduct surveillance at his suspected residence in the 5300 block of Southeast 136th Avenue.

Simpson continued, “Officers watched Islam leave the residence and followed him until members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) were able to stop his car and take him into custody at NE 61st Avenue and Fremont Street.”

SERT then served a search warrant at Islam’s residence to assist Gang detectives.

 19-year-old Rasool Islam stands accused of this shooting officials say is “gang related”.

Islam was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 11:42 p.m. on an outstanding warrant. MCDC records reveal he five Felony charges, including Attempted Murder, Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

With a $550,000 combined bail set, Islam remains in custody in Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

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