Hazelwood teen killed in shooting

Here’s what we’ve learned about this deadly incident in outer East Portland …

Police close off the intersection of NE 148th Avenue and East Burnside Street when a man is found dead – shot in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

During a ruckus near the Hazelwood Station Apartments, located along the TriMet MAX Light Rail line at NE 148th Avenue, shots were fired, and two victims fell to the ground at 10:47 p.m. on January 23

Within moments, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers raced to the area of the disturbance and gunfire, at 36 NE 147th Avenue.

“Officers responded to multiple reports from area residents regarding the sounds of a disturbance with gunfire,” acknowledged PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

Paramedics try to revive the gunshot victim, but he was declared deceased at the scene.

Officers quickly found the gunshot victims and gave medical first aid until emergency medical personnel arrived, Burley reported. “When medical responders arrived, they determined one of the injured individual was deceased.”

“The second injured person was transported by ambulance to an area hospital in what was believed to be critical condition,” Added burley.

“It seems like there is police activity here almost every night,” neighbor Brady Iverson, who lives nearby, told East Portland News on the day following the shooting “Almost every week, we can hear a fight or come kind of commotion going on there, way down the street.”

The area is cordoned off, while detectives and criminalists investigate the scene.

The intersection was closed down most of the night while Detective Division’s Homicide Detail and Forensic Evidence Division, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner investigated the death.

“The deceased victim has been identified as 18-year-old Kentraveon D. Hill of Portland,” Burley later said.

His family offered media this photo of Kentraveon Hill.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, and released the information that Hill had “died of homicidal violence as the result of a gunshot injury”.

“Another 17-year-old male victim remains hospitalized in critical condition, as a result of injuries sustained during the same shooting,” Burley revealed.

“Based on information learned at this time in the investigation, it is not believed this is a gang-motivated act of violence,” Burley later told East Portland News.

The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division’s Homicide Detail continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information, including surveillance footage of the surrounding area, should contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0091 or Todd.Gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov

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