Shooting investigation becomes homicide case

Learn more about a murder in Powellhurst-Gilbert. And, find out why officials are concerned that gang-related shootings are again on the rise …

In the Shalamar Apartments complex parking lot, a man was critically wounded, when shot by an unknown assailant.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

19-year-old Anthony Quincey Jackson Jr. became Portland’s 20th homicide victim of the year, when he was shot on July 12 at about 3:20 p.m., while leaving a residence in the Shalamar Apartments, 13746 SE Powell Boulevard.

Witnesses described seeing Jackson lying in the parking lot between cars, just after he was shot, bleeding from his head and arm.

As residents look on, officers and detectives confer about the evidence they’ve found.

“Officers responded to the scene, and located Jackson suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds,” remarked Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Greg Stewart. “Officers were able to secure the area and obtain medical attention for the victim, who was transported to a Portland area hospital, where he later died.”

In addition to the multiple calls to the 9-1-1 Center, Stewart said that East Precinct district officers had themselves heard multiple gunshots while patrolling near SE 137th Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Neighbors say investigators found bullet casings behind the fence in the background, behind these officers.

“The cops were looking at a bunch of bullet [casings] over there [south of the parking lot on SE Rhine Street],” said Dauphine Morrison.

“The way they were pointing and looking, it was like they thought that someone in a car, or maybe standing [on SE Rhine Street], shot from there,” Morrison told East Portland News.

Traffic is blocked off along SE Powell Boulevard as police investigated a shooting that became a murder investigation.

Other neighbors told reporters that Jackson was a former gang affiliate, but had gotten out, and now held a job at the Moda Center.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mark Sponhauer at 503-823-0416, or mark.sponhauer@portlandoregon.gov.

Gangsters shoot up Glenfair apartments

Police investigate a “shots fired” call, and find bullet casings and damage to an apartment building.

Residents and pedestrians ducked for cover just before 1:00 p.m. the following afternoon, July 13 when shots rang out in the Glenfair neighborhood.

PPB East Precinct officers responded to the report of multiple gunshots heard from the Red Rose Manor Apartments, located at 426 NE 160th Avenue, just south of NE Glisan Street.

“Officers spoke with witnesses who told police that four males ran from the scene immediately after the shots were fired at the complex,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

While investigators did find evidence of gunfire and damage to the apartment complex, no gunshot victims have been located or have arrived at any area hospitals, Simpson added.

“Based on preliminary information gathered at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to investigate,” Simpson said.

 Another Powellhurst-Gilbert residence shot up

No one was injured during the latest drive-by shooting in this neighborhood.

Several adults and children inside an apartment at the Villas at Forest Park Condominiums on SE Bush Street near SE 120th Avenue ducked for cover, when bullets struck the building about 11:15 p.m. on July 15.

Officers called it a “drive-by shooting”.

“Officers arrived in the area and located the occupied apartment that had been struck by gunfire,” Simpson said.

“Witnesses described an unknown type vehicle being driven westbound on Bush Street after the shooting,” Simpson added. “Based on information gathered, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to conduct an investigation.”

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