Powell Blvd. apartment shooting leaves woman critically wounded

Officials have said little to say about this case. But, something tragic must have happened – the Portland Police Mobile Precinct was at the scene for hours. We have exclusive photos here …

A neighbor said at least two bullet holes were found in a window of this apartment building – on SE Powell Boulevard, just east of SE 71st Avenue.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Neighbors said they’d thought it was the sound of firecrackers going off outside their apartment building, in the 7100 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard – just north of a 7-11 Store – at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th.

But, four minutes later, when police cars began to converge on the two-story, brick-faced building, residents suspected that the sounds they’d heard were gunshots.

Into the wee hours of the following morning, the Portland Police Bureau’s Mobile Precinct rig was still in use as a command center, while the shooting investigation continued.

“Someone [inside] the apartment building called the 9-1-1 Center to report someone that had been shot,” revealed Portland Police Bureau spokesman, Sgt. Pete Simpson. “Officers responded to the apartment, and did locate a gunshot victim.”

As paramedics transported the victim to a hospital, more officers arrived in the area and began interviewing witnesses.

Well past midnight, the Portland Police Bureau Mobile Precinct was stationed, cordoned off, in the 7-11 Store’s parking lot; officers maintained the crime scene, while detectives and criminalists continued their investigation.

Police now say that an 18-year-old female, not yet formally identified, was shot and critically injured in this apartment building.

Later, Sgt. Simpson stated, “The victim in this shooting has been identified as an 18-year-old female. She is listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Her name is being withheld at this point, as Detectives continue their investigation.”

We checked with Simpson just before publication, and he told us that there hasn’t been a break in this case. Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to call Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416.

Officers keep the sidewalk closed off for the length of a city block, even outside the yellow crime tape, while the investigation continues.

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