Shooting homicide in Hazelwood; armed carjacking in Lents

Week #142 Shooting Report | Even ice and snow don’t keep vicious people from murdering and wounding others across outer East Portland. Here’s what’s happening, including a ‘Shots Fired Log’ …

Although winter storms dumped snow and made for icy roads, Portland Police Bureau officers are on the job throughout outer East Portland.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After weeks of freedom from deadly shootings since early February, this week crimes committed by violent people using guns experienced a resurgence in outer East Portland – 142 weeks after the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Gun Violence Reduction Team was disbanded by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

February 26
Deadly shooting in Hazelwood

Officers start arriving in this area of the Hazelwood neighborhood, after a deadly shooting.

Neighbors told reporters that they “couldn’t believe their ears”, very early on Sunday morning, February 26, when they heard gunshots near the southwest corner of the Hazelwood HydroPark.

“I heard, like six or seven shots – but not all at once – then just silence,” East Portland News learned from a neighbor who asked to remain unidentified, who was standing near the ice-covered street later that morning. “It wasn’t long until there were lots of cop cars sliding their way in here.”

At 3:21 a.m., PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to a shooting-incident reported at NE 114th Avenue and Holladay Street. The officers came across a man dead at the scene. Another man was critically injured and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Detectives with PPB’s Homicide Unit responding to the scene to investigate the shooting.

“At this time, no suspects are being sought; and, no arrests have been made,” was the terse statement put out by a PPB official about the incident.

Detectives identified the deceased as this man, 46-year-old Jack Elliott Craven. Photo provided by family, via PPB

On February 28, the PPB revealed that the victim in this homicide had been identified as 46-year-old Jack Elliott Craven. The Medical Examiner confirmed the manner and cause of death to be “homicide by gunshot wound”.
If you have information about this case, please contact Detective Mike Greenlee at or 503-823-0871 – or Detective Brad Clifton at or 503-823-0696 and reference Case No. 23-52041.

February 26
Drive-by shooting in Lents’ ‘Red Tail Canyon’ area

A slick street up the side of Mt. Scott didn’t stop officers from responding to this injury shooting call.

South of Mt. Scott Boulevard, up the long and steep hill, along SE Aspen Summit Drive, PPB officers were dispatched at 8:44 p.m. to the townhome development called “Red Tail Canyon” on a “Shots Fired” call. An ambulance was also dispatched.

Six PPB officers, including those from the Enhanced Community Safety Team, carefully made their way up the slick, winding street on their way to the call.

Paramedics come to the aid of a female pedestrian who was shot while taking an evening walk.

“This was an incident where a woman out for a walk, was shot and injured,” PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told East Portland News. “The woman was treated for non-life threatening wounds,” he added.

An unknown suspect left the scene was not located. “The PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) is investigating that incident and would appreciate any help from the public with information about the incident or the suspect,” requested Sgt. Allen

So, if you have information to provide police about this incident, please e-mail it to; put ATTN: ECST as the subject, and reference Case No. 23-52542.

February 28
Carjacker crashes, runs in Lents

Officers search, and find evidence, inside the allegedly carjacked Jaguar XJ8.

Although it was dispatched as a mere of an “Area Check” on Tuesday afternoon, February 28 – just west of Lents Town Center – it turned out to be a major incident.

At 2:43 p.m., on SE Woodstock Boulevard between 87th and 88th Avenues, responding officers found a Jaguar XJ8 in the westbound lane, partly up on the north sidewalk.

The car was not drivable; the front driver’s side wheel was smashed and crumpled under the car’s frame. Witnesses said that the driver ran after crashing the car, and that officers then searched the car.

Soon, 16 PPB officers were at crash scene, including three PPB Canine Teams.

At the scene of the disabled Jaguar, an officer holds a plastic evidence bag with what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun inside of it.

Meanwhile, south along SE 87th Avenue, between Woodstock Boulevard and Tolman Street, a PPB Canine Team was doing a yard-by-yard search, trying to sniff out a suspect.

“Not all reports are in yet, but I can tell you that someone stole the car at gunpoint, then crashed it,” PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard responded to our query. “The carjacker was not located; however evidence was collected at the scene.”

A PPB Canine Team and officer search yards in Lents, house by house.

We’ll update this report when more information becomes available. If you have information to provide police about this incident, please e-mail it to ; and reference Case No. 23-54047.

Shots Fired Log

The lingering snow and ice likely reduce the number of “Shots Fired” calls logged recently – a mere 16 of them, in outer East Portland. There were many, many more such calls across the city. Police don’t find evidence of shooting at some of these calls.

February 21
23-48542         02/21/2023 at 20:48:48           16900 Block of SE DIVISION ST

23-48621         02/21/2023 at 23:04:53           5900 Block of SE 80TH AVE

February 24
23-51105         02/24/2023 at 21:37:13           SE 71ST AVE / SE FOSTER RD

February 25
23-51906         02/25/2023 at 22:38:46           7900 Block of SE 76TH PL

23-51938         02/25/2023 at 23:37:53           3100 Block of NE ROCKY BUTTE RD
23-51940         02/25/2023 at 23:41:02           3900 Block of SE 148TH AVE

February 26
23-51976         02/26/2023 at 00:44:26           9200 Block of SE CLINTON ST

23-51989         02/26/2023 at 01:18:15           9100 Block of SE DIVISION ST

February 27
23-53485         02/27/2023 at 22:28:23           9700 Block of SE WASHINGTON ST

February 28
23-53585         02/28/2023 at 00:51:01           10600 Block of NE RUSSELL CT

23-53642         02/28/2023 at 03:01:23           3500 Block of SE 74TH AVE
23-53941         02/28/2023 at 12:43:28           6000 Block of SE 90TH AVE
23-54171         02/28/2023 at 17:38:32           SE 130TH AVE / SE HAROLD ST
23-08401         02/28/2023 at 19:48:06           2200 Block of SE 189TH AVE
23-54384         02/28/2023 at 22:48:08           3100 Block of NE 142ND AVE
23-54426         02/28/2023 at 23:42:22           14700 Block of SE CLINTON ST

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