Shooting death on Thanksgiving Weekend in Centennial

Week #181 Shooting Report | Death didn’t take a holiday; over Thanksgiving a shooting claims yet another outer East Portland life …

On SE 154th Avenue, a block south of Powell Boulevard, officers investigate a deadly shooting.

By David F. Ashton

Does it seem to you that the 2023 Portland Ceasefire Partnership – with its “investment” of $4.5 million in a “public health approach” to reduce “gun violence” – has led to positive community safety dividends this year?

This week’s shooting is the 67th homicide investigation of 2023, in the City of Portland.

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November 25
Man dies of gunshot wounds on the front porch of a Centennial house

Soon, PPB cruisers fill the street, as the investigation gets underway.

Two days after Thanksgiving Day, on November 25, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched at 10:14p.m. to a report of shots fired on SE 154th Avenue at Rhone Street, just north of Powell Butte.

As officers pulled up, they were looking for, and found, a person wounded at a home.. In fact, the adult male victim had already died on his front porch.

PPB Homicide detectives check in with patrol officers at the crime scene.

Detectives from the PPB Homicide Unit were called in to investigate. Soon, 14 PPB vehicles filled SE 154th Avenue – closing it off between Powell Boulevard and Francis Street.

Detectives learned that a suspect or suspects left even before police were called; and so far no arrests have been made.

Officials say this man, James David Mack, died in the shooting. Family-provided photo

On November 29, PPB officials revealed that the deceased in this – the latest fatal outer East Portland shooting – had been identified as 50-year-old James David Mack. The Medical Examiner determined that Mack died of homicide by gunshot wound.

This case is still under investigation. If you have information about this case, please contact Detective Shaye Samora at or 503-823-0768, or Detective Tony Harris at or 503-823-0441, and make reference to Case No. 23-306127.

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