Shooting incidents ramp up in outer East Portland

Take a look, see why law enforcement officials are troubled by the ever-increasing number of shootings, from Wilkes to Centennial, in April …

Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau Gun Violence Reduction Team race toward another outer East Portland shooting incident.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Day after day, and especially night after night, it seems that volleys of gunshots have been echoing through neighborhood streets.

While many of the shootings appear to be clustered in the northern area of outer East Portland, Portland Police Bureau officials expressed fears that soon, gun violence may touch all of the 13 neighborhoods of our district.

Working past dawn, officers investigate the most recent outer East Portland shooting — which injured a man, and left bullet holes in a house.

The most recent incident, early on Friday, April 9, brought PPB North Precinct officers to Parkrose, in the area of NE 95th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard after shots were reported at 3:32 a.m.

“When officers arrived, they found an adult male victim with a gunshot wound; that victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance with ‘unknown’ medical status,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Brad Yakots.

After officers secured the crime scene, members of the PPB’s Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) – very busy, of late – arrived to assist in the investigation and found that an occupied building had been struck by bullets.

“The number of shooting incidents in Portland has increased in the last ten days, and the Portland Police Bureau is asking the public for assistance,” Yakots said.

At another shooting this week – this one in the Foster-Powell neighborhood – GVRT officers and detectives gathered evidence.

According to GVRT data, Portland till recently had been averaging about one shooting per day; over the ten-day period from March 31 through April 9, there were seventeen (17) shooting incidents.

Disturbingly, most of them have happened in outer East Portland. Even more troubling is that many of these gun-slinging suspects have been released from custody back into the community within a day; or, cited and released.

Officers find more evidence of a shooting at this crime scene.

Here’s a summary of these crimes, some of them previously covered by East Portland News.

  • April 1, 1:57 p.m. – SE 119th Avenue at SE Ash Street – vehicle struck no known injuries, Case #20-121
  • April 1, 10:17 a.m. – NE 129th Place and San Rafael Street – occupied dwelling struck no known injuries, Case #20-122
  • April 2, 1:40 p.m. – SE 140th Avenue near Harrison Street – occupied dwelling struck no known injuries, Case #20-124
  •  April 2, 5:23 p.m. – SE 105th Avenue at Division Street – vehicle struck no known injuries, Case #20-125
  • April 3, 1:50 p.m. – 100 Block NE 61st Avenue – occupied dwelling struck no known injuries, Case #20-127
  • April 5, 12:01 a.m. – SE 126th Avenue at SE Alder Street – occupied dwelling struck; no known injuries, Case #20-128
  • April 6, 2:30 a.m. – 1900 Block of SE 151th Avenue, Case #20-128
  • April 6, 8:12 a.m. – 5800 Block SE 88th  Avenue, Case #20-130
  • April 6, 6:58 p.m. – 4100 Block SE 66 Avenue in the Foster-Powell neighborhood – vehicle and residences struck; no known injuries, Case #20-132
  • April 6, 7:42 p.m. – NE 86 Avenue south of Prescott Street – vehicle struck no known injuries, Case #20-133
  • April 7, 10:18 p.m. – 100 Block SE 160 Avenue, Case #20-134
  • April 8, 7:09 p.m. – NE 113 Avenue at NE Sandy Boulevard, # 20-135

PPB Assistant Chief Andrew Shearer asks for help from community members to reverse the upward trend of neighborhood shootings. PPB image

“We are concerned about the recent upward trend of gun violence in our community, as it puts all of us at increased risk of injury or death,” remarked PPB Assistant Chief Andrew Shearer.

“Our officers are working diligently to interrupt future violence, while our investigators are pursuing active leads on current cases,” Shearer continued. “We need your help – so, please, report suspicious activities, and share information you have that can help stop these shootings.”

Hopefully, neighbors will see fewer streets littered with spent bullet casings, here pinpointed by police evidence markers. PPB image

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to

And, Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum of $250 as a cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm – and tipsters can remain anonymous. CLICK HERE to submit secure and anonymous tips.

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