More meetings, more planning, downtown; more shooting in outer East Portland

Week #69 Shooting Report | Finally, it appears as if the Portland City Council is considering adding money to hire more cops. Meanwhile, shootings continue, albeit somewhat slowed by the rainy weather …

With shootings in Powellhurst-Gilbert and Hazelwood – and more than two dozen “Shots Fired” calls – Portland Police Officers remained busy in outer East Portland this week.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After 69 straight weeks of shootings in outer East Portland – many of them deadly – at long last, the Portland Commissioner of Police, Mayor Ted Wheeler, may succeed in hiring more Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers.

>> To learn about this week’s shootings – including a man being shot, while sleeping in his bed, in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood – and see this week’s ‘Shots Fired’ log –  please read on …

Mayor Wheeler rolls out his latest police plan

In an online talk on November 3, Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks about shuffling duties in the Portland Police Bureau and investing more in public safety.

Calling this year “…the deadliest era of modern times for the City of Portland,” in his online press conference, this week, Mayor Wheeler said he wants to hire – in the long term – as many as 300 more public safety workers: 200 actual PPB officers, along with 100 unarmed “Community Safety Specialists”. [CLICK HERE to open a PDF file which outlines the work of such a “Community Safety Specialist”.]

Wheeler’s proposed city budget includes funds to rehire 25 retired police officers this year, and next. The Police Commissioner’s budget reportedly also includes $400,000 to hire an “independent consultant” to review crowd control procedures within the PPB.

The Portland City Council held a “work session” on the budget on Thursday afternoon, November 4, and is expected to hold more talks on November 10 at 9:30 a.m., before voting on the City’s “Fall Budget Adjustment” later in the month.

And, now on to this week’s major shooting incidents …

October 30 at 1:45 a.m.
Bullets blast into Powellhurst-Gilbert bedroom, strike sleeping victim

After a man was shot while sleeping in his bed, officers arrive to investigate.

A Powellhurst-Gilbert resident is lucky to be alive, after bullets – shot from as far as a block away – wounded him while sleeping in bed. He is not believed to have been an intended target.

In the wee hours of October 30, PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to a shooting call just off SE Powell Boulevard, a bit west of SE 132nd Avenue.

“Officers found a victim with a minor wound to the shoulder,” a PPB spokesperson acknowledged. “The victim, an adult male, had been sleeping in his bed when bullets pierced his wall, went through his headboard, and grazed his skin.

One of the bullets, shot from as far as a block away, ripped through the siding, wall and headboard, ending up in the man’s pillow. PPB image

“It was clear that if the bullet had been a slightly different trajectory, he could have suffered a life-threatening injury,” the Police Bureau official added. “The bullet slug was recovered from the victim’s pillow.”

Paramedics evaluated the man’s injuries, who treated his wound at the scene, and didn’t find it necessary to take him to a local hospital.

At least 5 bullets hit the house, and another damaged the parked vehicle out front. PPB image

Members of the PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) investigated the shooting. They determined that the shots were fired from a vehicle or vehicles on SE Powell Boulevard at 132nd Avenue – with the bullets traveling a full block before striking the house of the victim.

No suspects have yet been identified. If you can help by providing information, including video surveillance recordings, about this case, please email it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov; put ECST in the subject line, and reference Case No. 21-303573.

November 2 at 2:27 p.m.
Suspect shoots into car, at Hazelwood MAX stop

Six officers respond to this call; one of them stayed at the scene to investigate – the others tried to locate the shooter.

Gunshots in the Hazelwood neighborhood, sent PPB East Precinct officers to East Burnside Street, just west of 122nd Avenue Tuesday, November 2nd.

“Officers responded to the intersection on reports of a shooting,” PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard confirmed to East Portland News. “Several witnesses reported seeing an unknown individual walk up to an occupied car, then shoot several rounds inside. The vehicle sped away from the scene.”

Officers were able to find the shot-into vehicle; but the driver denied that anyone was wounded in his car.

The investigation is ongoing; if you can help with tips, email them to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov; and reference Case No. 21-306859.

Weekly ‘Shots Fired’ Log

Day or night, in good weather and bad, officers investigate reports of shootings across outer East Portland.

This week’s Shots Fired Log – that is, reports of gunshots to which officers responded – decreased to only 38 incidents this week. Our part of town was fortunate; in areas west of outer East Portland, there were too many “Shots Fired” calls to enumerate.

“It seems that rain and bad weather tends to ‘dampen’ shootings,” quipped a PPB sergeant to East Portland News at one of this week’s incidents. At a “Shots Fired” call, officers may, or may not, find evidence of any shooting at that location.

October 29
21-303331       10/29/2021 @ 20:16:18          7500 Block of SE RAMONA ST
21-303463       10/29/2021 @ 23:09:14          SE 107TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST

October 30
21-303554       10/30/2021 @ 01:10:02          SE 112TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
21-045747       10/30/2021 @ 01:24:29          16100 Block of NE WASCO CT
21-303587       10/30/2021 @ 02:20:57          NE 105TH AVE / NE PRESCOTT ST
21-304154       10/30/2021 @ 17:33:13          2900 Block of SE 77TH AVE

October 31
21-304424       10/31/2021 @ 00:01:19          2800 Block of SE 82ND AVE
21-304432       10/31/2021 @ 00:19:48          8300 Block of SE BROOKLYN ST
21-304511       10/31/2021 @ 02:22:37          7900 Block of SE RAYMOND ST
21-304593       10/31/2021 @ 05:01:38          10900 Block of NE BROADWAY
21-304604       10/31/2021 @ 05:31:46          SE DIVISION ST / SE 92ND AVE
21-304750       10/31/2021 @ 10:40:55          8000 Block of NE OREGON ST
21-305016       10/31/2021 @ 16:24:29          10300 Block of SE MAIN ST
21-305020       10/31/2021 @ 16:26:29          10500 Block of SE Cherry Blossom Dr
21-305088       10/31/2021 @ 17:57:02          SE 92ND AVE / SE HOLGATE BLVD
21-305202       10/31/2021 @ 20:41:58          SE 110TH DR / SE FOSTER RD
21-045986       10/31/2021 @ 21:48:03          NE 162ND AVE / NE HALSEY ST
21-305283       10/31/2021 @ 23:00:16          SE 76TH PL/SE Crystal Springs Blvd
21-305321       10/31/2021 @ 23:54:39          3600 Block of SE 85TH AVE

November 1
21-305327       11/01/2021 @ 00:08:08          13700 Block of NE FAILING ST
21-305354       11/01/2021 @ 00:56:29          400 Block of SE 117TH AVE
21-305366       11/01/2021 @ 01:14:29          SE 136TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
21-305382       11/01/2021 @ 01:53:08          SE 74TH AVE / SE FOSTER RD
21-305432       11/01/2021 @ 03:32:35          1500 Block of SE 122ND AVE

November 2
21-306333       11/02/2021 @ 01:45:51          4400 Block of SE 92ND AVE
21-306347       11/02/2021 @ 02:14:42          5100 Block of SE 86TH AVE
21-307135       11/02/2021 @ 19:43:53          17400 Block of SE POWELL BLVD
21-307185       11/02/2021 @ 20:54:32          2700 Block of SE 141ST AVE
21-307196       11/02/2021 @ 21:09:58          3600 Block of SE 112TH AVE
21-307248       11/02/2021 @ 22:18:46          NE 80TH AVE / NE OREGON ST

November 3
21-307368       11/03/2021 @ 01:00:53          SE 82ND AVE / SE HOLGATE BLVD
21-307369       11/03/2021 @ 01:02:39          NE 92ND PL / E BURNSIDE ST
21-308328       11/03/2021 @ 23:31:15          14300 Block of NE WHITAKER WAY

November 4
21-308505       11/04/2021 @ 05:46:21          12600 Block of SE POWELL BLVD
21-308704       11/04/2021 @ 09:07:06          13000 Block of SE STARK ST
21-308721       11/04/2021 @ 09:31:29          1000 Block of SE 106TH AVE
21-308833       11/04/2021 @ 11:32:15          16000 Block of SE POWELL BLVD
21-309038       11/04/2021 @ 15:13:36          9600 Block of SE STARK ST

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Here,the shooting log for outer East Portland ends for this week. We’ll continue keeping an eye on shootings in outer East Portland.

Consider contacting your elected City of Portland leaders, and let them (kindly) know of your public safety concerns. In the meantime, duck for cover when you hear shots in your neighborhood.

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