One death, one wounded, as shooting violence continues in outer East Portland

Week #70 Shooting Report | At last! It looks like one Portland City Commissioner, specifically Mingus Mapps, is speaking out in favor of community safety. Meantime our weekly shooting stories, and our infamous ‘Shots Fired’ report, are all here …

With a shooting homicide in the Centennial neighborhood, and a victim wounded in Lents, it’s clear that the scourge of violent people, using guns, is not over in outer East Portland.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Shots continue to ring out along outer East Portland streets, leaving man murdered in the Centennial neighborhood, and another man wounded in Lents – and, in these particular cases, both on the same night.

>> Please read on to learn more about these distressing stories; and to take a look at this week’s ‘Shots Fired’ log, and discover where Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers have been dispatched.

But first, as part of the Portland City Council deliberations during their “Fall Budget Monitoring Process” – when they decide how to spend an estimated $68 Million surplus – this week they got an earful from people who said how aggravated they are about the bumbling efforts of the city’s leaders.

It comes as no surprise that public safety – with nightly shootings for the past 70 weeks in outer East Portland – is on the minds of many of our residents.

Last week, the Portland Commissioner of Police, Mayor Ted Wheeler, put forward his most recent plan help improve public safety. [CLICK HERE to read about it]

Commissioner Mapps speaks up

At an outer East Portland “candidate forum” before his election, then-candidate for the Portland City Commission, Mingus Mapps, thoughtfully listened to a neighbor’s concern about public safety. East Portland News archive image

Although Portland City Council members, other than Mayor Wheeler, have been relatively quiet about pandemic of shootings and need for more officers on our streets, Portland City Councilor Mingus Mapps didn’t hold back when speaking with East Portland News about it.

“You would expect a city of Portland’s size to have about 1,100 police officers,” Mapps began. “Today, Portland has about 800; so, the Bureau regularly fails to meet minimum staffing levels. You see the results on the streets: The number of homicides has exploded, not to mention that vehicle and catalytic convertor thefts are through the roof.

“This is why I am calling for the Council to hire 300 more cops,” Mapps plainly stated.

‘Welfare Check’ in Centennial turns into shooting murder investigation

After a “pedestrian struck” inquiry turns into a homicide investigation, officers look for evidence, while a PPB Forensics Division “crime scene investigator” photographs evidence near the corner of SE Caruthers Drive and 148th Avenue.

November 7 at 5:22 p.m.
Shooting homicide on Southeast 148th Avenue
Frequently, Portland Police Bureau officers are dispatched to a “Welfare Check” calls, looking into a person who hasn’t been seen lately, or who is outdoors, not moving, and possibly in distress.

Such was the case on November 7 at 5:22 p.m., when PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of SE 148th Avenue – two blocks north of Division Street – to check on a person reportedly person down in the street.

Officers found that the person was, in fact, dead.

A Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office vehicle is parked in the street, while a homicide investigation gets underway.

As East Portland News arrived at the scene, we found a vehicle stopped, facing southbound in the center of SE 148th Avenue, with the driver’s-side door open – not far from where the deceased man was found.

Although eastbound Division Street was closed off to traffic, and the PPB Major Crash Team  (MCT) van was leaving the scene in the westbound lanes. They’d been activated, we learned, to investigate a possible hit-and-run to a pedestrian.

“They left the scene after the MCT investigators notified the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office that they’d determined that the victim had not been hit by a vehicle,” a PPB spokesperson revealed.

Officers scour the street, looking for evidence, after a man is found shot dead and left in the street.

After the PPB’s Homicide Division detectives responded to take over the investigation, 13 officers were at the scene.

On November 9, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that it had ruled this death to be a homicide by gunshot.

This man, George “Tylor” Edward Rowe IV, was identified as the shooting homicide victim. Family supplied photo

Later that day, after his family was notified, officials revealed that the gunshot homicide victim had been identified as 34-year-old George Edward Rowe IV, who was as also known as Tylor Rowe.

This homicide investigation is ongoing; anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Shaye Samora at or call 503-823-0768; or contact Detective Jeff Sharp at or 503-823-9773. Please reference Case No. 21-312077.

Man wounded in Lents shooting

In the street in front of this convenience store, officers look for evidence after a man was shot and wounded.

November 7 at 6:50 p.m.
Man shot near Lents convenience store
About an hour after the shooting in the Centennial neighborhood, seven other PPB East Precinct officers were called to another shooting, this one in the Lents neighborhood.

On the report of a man being shot, officers were dispatched to the Checkers Market on SE Flavel Street, just west of 92nd Avenue.

Joined by the PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team, officers continue to search for evidence after this shooting.

“Indeed, officers found a person shot, and bleeding from his stomach area,” PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told East Portland News. “The victim was an adult male. He was conscious, as he was taken to a regional hospital.”

SE Flavel Street was closed for about two hours while officers, and members of the PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team, uncovered and documented evidence at the scene.

This investigation is ongoing; if you can help with tips, email them to; and reference Case No. 21-312141.

Weekly ‘Shots Fired’ Log

Officers investigate yet another report of gunshots being fired in an outer East Portland Neighborhood.

Again this week, here are the many reports of gunshots to which officers responded – but only those calls in our area; there were dozens more such calls across the city. At a “Shots Fired” call, officers may, or may not, find evidence of any shooting at that location.

November 5
21-310261       11/05/2021 19:57:17   12500 Block of SE MILL ST
21-310390       11/05/2021 22:21:45   7500 Block of SE HENRY ST
21-310399       11/05/2021 22:25:25   8300 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
21-310406       11/05/2021 22:34:46   11700 Block of SE STARK ST

November 6
21-310493       11/06/2021 00:17:28   NE 82ND AVE / NE FREMONT ST
21-310500       11/06/2021 00:22:37   4700 Block of SE 113TH AVE
21-046693       11/06/2021 01:09:45   SE 172ND AVE / SE STARK ST
21-310539       11/06/2021 01:11:17    2600 Block of SE 133RD AVE
21-310938       11/06/2021 13:14:32   6500 Block of SE 139TH AVE
21-311033       11/06/2021 15:01:30   6100 Block of SE 103RD PL
21-311237       11/06/2021 19:39:07   12600 Block of NE PRESCOTT DR
21-311413       11/06/2021 23:41:49   4400 Block of NE 90TH AVE

November 7
21-311619       11/07/2021 05:32:30   3100 Block of NE ROCKY BUTTE LN
21-311810       11/07/2021 11:16:46   4200 Block of SE 82ND AVE
21-312164       11/07/2021 19:24:48   1500 Block of SE 88TH AVE

November 8
21-312354       11/08/2021 00:48:33   SE 108TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
21-312743       11/08/2021 11:35:43   14200 Block of NE AIRPORT WAY
21-313182       11/08/2021 21:00:54   300 Block of SE 81ST AVE

November 9
21-313342       11/09/2021 02:24:27   SE DIVISION ST/SE 109TH AVE
21-314139       11/09/2021 19:48:13   100 Block of SE 106TH AVE
21-314273       11/09/2021 23:16:10   1200 Block of NE 122ND AVE
21-314282       11/09/2021 23:34:20   15800 Block of SE STARK ST

November 10
21-314352       11/10/2021 01:33:42   SE 136TH AVE / SE RHINE ST
21-314380       11/10/2021 03:04:02   8400 Block of SE 82ND AVE
21-315147       11/10/2021 17:40:48   11600 Block of NE SAN RAFAEL ST
21-315253       11/10/2021 19:47:47   14700 Block of E BURNSIDE ST
21-315272       11/10/2021 20:07:19   SE 109TH AVE / SE FRANKLIN ST
21-315355       11/10/2021 21:45:56   17800 Block of NE MARINE DR
21-315413       11/10/2021 23:02:39   14900 Block of SE CARUTHERS CT
21-315417       11/10/2021 23:05:57   NE 131ST PL / NE PRESCOTT DR

November 11
21-315526       11/11/2021 02:10:04   3800 Block of NE 82ND AVE
21-315893       11/11/2021 11:39:53   17200 Block of SE NAEGELI DR
21-315993       11/11/2021 13:48:58   7500 Block of NE PACIFIC ST

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Fall budget vote now set for November 17
Now is the time
to politely let your elected officials know that, when allocating the reported $65 Million “budget surplus”, that public safety is your concern. Ask them to add money back into the Portland Police Bureau’s budget  by sending them an email:


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