Man shot in Argay – in front of toddler son

Here’s why neighbors are startled, as they learn more about this outer East Portland shooting …

Police cordon off a parking lot in the Argay Terrace neighborhood as they begin investigate a shooting.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As gunshots were heard in the Argay Terrace neighborhood early on Mother’s Day, May 10, a man dropped to the pavement of the parking lot of a retail center on NE Sandy Boulevard near 141st Avenue.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North Precinct officers, dispatched to the scene at 12:26 a.m. that morning, found the adult male victim – who had been shot in the back.

After being shot in the back, a man is taken to a hospital, reportedly with “serious, but non-life threatening, injuries”.

“The victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries,” confirmed PPB Public Information Officer Lieutenant Tina Jones.

Members of the PPB’s Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) were called to the incident to take over the investigation, with the help of officers.

Officials say a toddler was in the back seat of this car when his father was shot in the back – not more than two feet away from the youngster. PPB image

“During this incident, the victim was shot while close to a vehicle; the victim’s two-year old son was in the car when the shooting occurred,” Jones revealed. “The child was not injured, and was released to his mother at the scene.”

“I can’t believe that someone would shoot the father of a child, standing right near his car, with the baby in the child seat,” Monika Knight told East Portland News while gazing at the crime scene from afar, early the next morning.

Investigators told us they released the information in hopes that it will encourage community members to come forward with information and leads on the incident.

Into the night, the investigation into this – Portland’s 189th verified shooting incident in 2020 – continues.

PPB Assistant Chief of Police Andrew Shearer remarked to reporters, in part, “None of us should let this become the norm in Portland, and we need our community to send a message that this will not be tolerated! We ask for Portlanders to provide tips that will lead to apprehension of the shooter responsible for this callous act.”

Anyone with any information regarding this shooting they are asked to contact Detective J.D. McGuire at, or call the non-emergency phone number 503-823-0509.

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