Lents shooting shakes up neighbors; no arrests made

Find out why a half-dozen police cars were lined up on SE 92nd Avenue on July 5th – and why folks in that area are still a little uneasy …

Portland Police Bureau officers talk to anyone who will speak with them as they try to find out what happened after one man was shot.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Police call it a “domestic dispute” – but at least one neighbor says he feels uncomfortable about firearms being freely used in the area.

A call to the 9-1-1 Center reporting that someone had been shot on July 5, about 5:00 p.m., got Portland Police officers from East Precinct rolling to the intersection of SE 92nd Avenue and SE Duke Street in the Lents Neighborhood.

“When officers arrived, they found one adult male who had been shot,” Sgt. Mike Marshman confirmed. “The victim was transported to a local area hospital with a non-life threatening injury.”

East Precinct officers did a quick canvas of the area, and located the residence where the shooting suspect was possibly located. “Officers were able to detain people inside the location,” Marshan said. “Assault detectives have been assigned to assist with the investigation.”

However, Marshman later reported that officers were not getting any help. “The victim in this shooting is not cooperating in any manner with this investigation.”

The incident drew a substantial police response, and, caused neighboring residents to be concerned about the nearby violence.

Bureau spokesperson Detective Mary Wheat filled us in on the situation: “It looks as if two cousins were having some kind of disagreement. One had a knife, other a gun. When the one cousin threatened the other with the knife, the other, with the gun, shot him. This is being treated as a domestic-violence incident.”

A neighbor, who wished to remain unidentified, observed, “It makes me kind of worried to know that people living close by are shooting guns here. I hope the fellow that got shot is OK, but I hope they put the guns away. Next time, a stray bullet might kill someone.”

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