Outer East Portland shootings: No sign of a decline

Week #162 Shooting Report | INCLUDES VIDEO | Week after week, shootings continue in our neighborhoods. Here’s this week’s report – including one where the gunman didn’t get away …

Portland Police Bureau officers and detectives investigate a car-to-car shooting in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood. The suspected gunman was arrested.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As diligently as the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) two specialty teams – the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST), and the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) – strive to take illegally-held guns from the hands of violent people, shootings continue across outer East Portland neighborhoods.

There were, once again, dozens of “Shots Fired” calls logged over the past seven days; here’s this week’s major shooting incident …

July 14
Powellhurst-Gilbert shooter arrested, hours later, in Wlkes

Officers, investigators and detectives comb a four-block long crime scene for evidence, after this mobile shooting spree.

A PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to a reported shooting on Wednesday, July 14, at 7:31 p.m., at the intersection of SE Division Street and 116th Avenue – but they found nothing there.

We arrived and found no sign of police action at that location, as well.

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However, snaking through the neighborhood streets, we came upon extensive police presence along SE 115th Avenue – which was closed off for four blocks, from Clinton Street south to the stub of Kelly Court.

At that location, reportedly, a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting took place.

Along this residential street, officers find – and mark – more evidence.

The following day the PPB’s Public Information Officer confirmed what took place at that location — that officers had found evidence of gunfire there.

The investigation determined that while two cars were driving southbound on SE 115th Avenue, an occupant of the rear vehicle was shooting at an occupant of the lead vehicle.

Investigation moves east
By about 9 p.m., ECST and Focused Intervention Team FIT investigators were wrapping up their inquiry, having documented the evidence found along the street.

A short time later, dispatchers notified officers of a 911 call reporting one person shot – 3.3 miles east-northeast of the prior crime scene – along SE Stark Street, near 152nd Avenue. Officers found an adult male in his 60s there, with a gunshot wound.

The injured gunshot victim is loaded into an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital.

“The victim, whose injuries are not considered life-threatening, reported that he was shot on SE 115th Avenue, south of Division Street,” a PPB spokesperson revealed.

The gunshot victim was conveyed to to a local hospital by ambulance.

Suspect located in Wilkes
Additional, off-duty detectives were activated and joined the case. And, at 10:01 p.m., detectives identified a suspect and developed information about where he might be – which was just off NE Sandy Boulevard and 159th Avenue, at the Columbia Ridge Apartments.

They went there and surrounded the suspect’s apartment building.

Executing a search warrant, the officers and detectives located and seized this Hi-Point Model C9 9mm semiautomatic handgun as evidence. PPB image

The suspect was soon arrested, at 10:21 p.m., less than three hours after the initial call.

Looking through the suspect’s apartment under authority of a search warrant, police found in a drawer a Hi-Point Model C9 9mm semiautomatic pistol. This retails, new, for about $180.

Although 52-year-old Kelvin Oneal Malone is charged with three felonies, you are not permitted to view his booking photo. CLICK HERE for details.

52-year-old Kelvin Oneal Malone was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on May 15 at 6:27 p.m. on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree – a Class A felony; Assault in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony; and, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class C Felony.

At his arraignment later that day, Malone learned the he’d be held without bond, and he’s currently lodged in the MCDC.

“The PPB Air Support Unit, K9, North Precinct officers, Gresham Police Officers, and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were crucial in helping to locate and arrest the suspect,” acknowledged the unidentified polices spokesperson.
If you have information about this shooting incident, please e-mail it to crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 23-185173.

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