It continues: Shots bring murder, several injuries

It looks like the new Portland Police Bureau Enhanced Community Safety Team is being kept busy – as shooting incidents kill, wound, and frighten East Portland neighbors …

All across outer East Portland, shootings continue, day and night, causing alarm for residents and business people.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After a lull, primarily due to the recent ice and snow storm, shooting incidents again have climbed back up to what, sadly, has become “traditional numbers” for outer East Portland in the past week.

A total of 76 “Shots Fired” calls were logged across the city – again, with more than half taking place in outer East Portland, in ten of the 13 East Portland Coalition neighborhoods.

Four documented shooting incidents were logged on Sunday, February 28, alone.

Officers look for evidence at this “Shots Fired” call, but sometimes come up empty-handed.

Again: “Shots Fired” calls are not necessarily actual shootings. As Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officers have shared with us in the past, many of these reports have been from neighbors with frayed nerves hearing a door slam, a car backfire, fireworks, or some other loud “bang” on their street.  But many prove all too real.

February 25
Madison South shooting leaves one dead

Three people are shot; one of them died, in this evening shooting.

PPB East Precinct officers, dispatched on February 25 at 8:43p.m. to the northeastern edge of the Madison South neighborhood, on NE 66th Avenue near Halsey Street found more than just “evidence” of a shooting.

According to PPB officials, officers found two victims with gunshot injuries who were taken by ambulance to a hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Officers learned that a third victim, an adult male, had been taken to a local hospital by private vehicle – where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival.

PPB Homicide detectives investigated the incident, but revealed nothing publicly about the shooting. The following day, the medical examiner identified the homicide victim as Shawndell L. DeShazo II; reporting that his death was determined to be “homicide by gunshot wound”.

The investigation into this case is continuing. If you has information, please contact Detective Erik Kammerer 503-823-0762 or Detective Shaye Samora 503-823-0768.

February 26
Bullet rips through boy’s bed in Brentwood-Darlington home

Officers look for evidence, after bullets from a drive-by shooting tear through a house.

One of the first cases to which the new Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) was sent, took place in the early morning hours of February 26 – in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, along SE 66th Avenue, midblock between Cooper and Duke Streets.

PPB East Precinct officers who were dispatched to the location at 3:10 a.m. found that at least eight shots had been fired into a house that was occupied by two adults and two kids.

A bullet from this drive-by shooting tore through the wall of a Brentwood-Darlington house, and into this mattress where a boy was sleeping, as well as this pillow. PPB provided images

More alarming, several of the bullets penetrated the walls, and one of them struck the bed where a12-year-old boy was sleeping.

PPB officials told East Portland News that all of the occupants did narrowly escape injury in this drive-by shooting, and that there is no suspect information available.

If you have information about this incident are asked to contact the ECST by e-mailing or calling 503-823-0400; referencing Case No. 21-51891.

February 28 at 12:19 a.m.
Man shot, wounded, in Argay Park

After officers found a man shot in the park with serious gunshot wounds, he’s loaded up and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Although some Argay Terrace neighborhood residents said they thought they’d heard shots in Argay Park as early as 10:15 p.m. on February 27, PPB North Precinct officers weren’t official dispatched to the NE 141st Avenue at Failing Street by a 9-1-1 call until 12:19 a.m., over two hours later.

The investigation took place about a block south of where a suspect shot out the front window of a Plaid Pantry – while inside the store – during the ice storm on February 12. CLICK HERE to read about that incident.

Nevertheless, when officers arrived they did find a victim – an adult male – with multiple gunshot wounds, who was taken to a hospital and was treated for injuries that were believed to be serious, but non-life-threatening.

“The suspect left before police were called; and, no suspect information is being released at this time,” a PPB spokesperson said. The PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team is doing follow-up investigation,” the police official added.

Have information to share about this shooting? Email or call 503-823-0400; and reference Case No. 21-53709.

February 28 at 3:59 a.m.
A shot rings out in Hazelwood; no injuries

Fortunately, no one was found injured; but officers did locate spent shell casings.

At 3:59 a.m. on February 28, East Precinct officers were dispatched to a “Shots Fired” call, based on reports of the sound of yelling and a shot heard, in the Hazelwood neighborhood along East Burnside Street near 136th Avenue.

“Officers did find one shell casing, but no evidence of any bullet strikes, and no victim,” the PPB official said.

February 28 at 1:28 p.m.
Person shot in Parkrose

After a person was shot and wounded along NE 102nd Avenue, near the “102nd Street Market” south of Wygant Street, on February 28, PPB North Precinct officers were sent to that location at 1:28 p.m.

After calling an ambulance for a shooting victim they came across there, officers found more “evidence of a shooting”.

February 28 at 8:58 p.m.
‘Shrine’ shot up at North Powellhurst Park

Again, officers find a great deal of evidence that shots were fired at North Powellhurst Park.

Then, that evening, East Precinct officers were dispatched to the Hazelwood neighborhood on a “Shots Fired” call at 8:58 p.m.

“There is a ‘shooting shrine’ here at North Powellhurst Park, along SE 139th Avenue near Main Street,” an officer told East Portland News. “We found more than 20 shell casings, but we didn’t find a victim or property damage.”

February 28 at 9:29 p.m.
Teens shot at, near Centennial convenience store

Some of the officers who investigated the North Powellhurst Park shooting come here, to another shooting, this one in the Centennial neighborhood.

While officers were investigating the “shooting shrine” incident, they heard gunfire coming from a northeast direction, and went to investigate. This “Shots Fired” call was officially dispatched at 9:29 p.m. – and the location was the corner of SE 148th Avenue and Stark Street.

“We don’t have forensic evidence to prove it, but it’s likely these are the same shooters who were at the park earlier,” a PPB officer reported. “From what we’ve learned, two youths were shot at, near the 7-Eleven store.”

After locating a dozen spent bullet shell casings, an officer examines one of them, found in the street.

“Witnesses flagged officers down and said people fired shots from a vehicle, which then sped off,” a PPB official said.

“Officers found 12 shell casings, and evidence that bullets struck a vehicle and a building nearby; but, there is not enough certainty about vehicle or suspect descriptions to release information about them,” commented the PPB spokesperson.

March 4 at 4:48 a.m.
Person wounded in Wilkes
Near the northeast corner of Glendoveer, close to the intersection of NE 148th Avenue and Halsey Street in the Wilkes neighborhood, PPB District officers were dispatched to a “Shots Fired” call on March 4 at 4:48 a.m.

Once again, officers found more than just “evidence of shots fired” – they found a shooting victim, and rendered aid until an ambulance arrived to take that person to a local hospital. Officers canvassed for witnesses and searched the area for evidence; but PPB officials weren’t able to offer any suspect information.

If you can help solve this crime – it’s Case No. 21-58108 – please email or call 503-823-0400.

March 4 at 4:45 p.m.
Block shot up, in Parkrose

Although bullet casings were found along the street, and bullet holes in vehicles, neighbors say they know not nothing about this shooting incident.

Later that afternoon, North Precinct officers were dispatched to a “Shots Fired” call along NE 95th Avenue, a block south of Sandy Boulevard, 4:45 p.m. on March 4.

Officers located bullet casings from NE Wygant Street on south to Prescott Street.

“We don’t believe anyone was injured in this shooting, but the investigation is still underway,” a PPB sergeant told East Portland News.

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And so ends this narrative of outer East Portland, as a “shooting gallery”, in the latest week – until the next “Shots Fired” call begins a new week of incidents.

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