Shooting slays Madison South man; gunfire abounds in outer East Portland

Week #81 Shooting Report | In addition to the Montavilla murder, five verified shooting incidents were recorded, and dozens of reports of shots from across our neighborhoods. All this, and our weekly ‘SHOTS FIRED LOG’, are here …

With two shootings in Parkrose, and other shootings in the Madison South, Hazlewood, Powellhurst-Gilbert, and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods, Portland Police Bureau officers have been kept very busy looking into these violent crimes, done with guns, illegally in hand.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

While we hope for a week when East Portland News will not be reporting shooting murders and reports of gunfire in our neighborhoods – sadly, this wasn’t the week.

>> Read on to learn about this week’s shooting homicide and the outer East Portland shootings, and then take a look at this week’s “SHOTS FIRED LOG”.

Man dies in Madison South shooting

Officers close off NE Milton Street, the scene of gunshot murders in the past, as they investigate another shooting homicide.

Many times, citizens call the 9-1-1 Center to report shootings – and some are and some are not. However, on January 23 at 11:31p.m., it wasn’t a phone call but a flagdown of a passing Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct Sergeant that alerted police to a dead body along NE Milton Street, just east of 82nd Avenue of Roses – a block north of Fremont Street.

In the roadway, the Sergeant found the body of an adult man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
Quickly, the PPB’s Homicide Unit arrived to investigate, and detectives closed off the long block of NE Milton Street between 82nd and 85th Avenues.

This man, Aaron L. Williams, was the victim shot and left in the street. Family-provided photo

On January 25, the victim was identified as 29-year-old Aaron L. Williams of Clackamas. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Williams’ cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot.

No suspect information has been released, and no arrests have been made related to the case, PPB officials say this is still an active investigation. If you have information about this case, please contact Detective Tony Merrill at | 503-823-4033, or Detective Brian Sims at | 503-823-2079 – and please reference Case No. 21851.

Police investigate shooting calls in Parkrose, Hazelwood and Brentwood-Darlington

Often late at night, officers are dispatched to shooting calls, like this one in Parkrose.

The incidents that follow are all “SHOOTING – WITH WEAPON” calls to which medical first responders were also dispatched, apparently confirming that these reports of shots fired were genuine. Due to the high volume of shootings and other violent crime incidents challenging the currently-understaffed Portland Police Bureau, officials have not been able to provide more information about some of these cases.

There were three shooting incidents on January 20:

January 20 at 2:20 a.m.
Shooting in Parkrose

PPB North Precinct officers, and paramedics, converged along NE Sandy Boulevard at 94th Avenue.

If you have information about this shooting, it’s Case No. 22-17772

January 20 at 3:48 p.m.

Emergency medical responders, and PPB East Precinct officers went to this shooting call on NE Glisan Street at 124th Avenue.

This is Case No. 22-18437

January 20 at 6:14 p.m.

It this case, police and paramedics were again sent to NE Sandy Boulevard; this time at 102nd Avenue.

This is Case No. 22-18556

January 25 at 11:39 p.m.
‘Walk-in’ gunshot victim at Adventist Medical Center

Officers were sent to this hospital’s Emergency Department to speak with a shooting victim that was taken directly, by private vehicle, to get medical care.

This is Case No. 22-23803

Bullets strike residence in Powellhurst-Gilbert
January 26 at 7:49 p.m.

Officers investigate this shooting; they find both spent bullet casings, and damage to homes on this short, dead-end block.

After being dispatched on a “Shots Fired” call at 7:49 p.m. on January 26 to SE Bush Street near 117th Place, East Precinct officers did, indeed, find evidence of shooting.

Seven PPB units pulled in to the dead end stub of SE 117th Place, south of Bush Street as the investigation got underway.

In addition to finding spent bullet casings, investigators also locate bullet strikes to the residents, including this shattered window. PPB images

Put into action last week, PPB Focused Intervention Team (FIT) officers came to investigate this shooting. “There are no known injuries,” a PPB sergeant reported. The investigation continued until 11:00 p.m.

This is case is Case No. 22-24670

Man injured by shattering glass in Brentwood-Darlington shooting
January 27 at 8:49 p.m.

Just west of the Lents neighborhood, across SE 82nd Avenue of Roses on SE Ogden Street, officers begin to investigate a shooting.

“I heard gunshots, ‘bang, bang, bang’, going off down the street, just after I got off the bus, here on 82nd Avenue,” Durango Haggard told East Portland News. His bus stop was at SE Ogden Street along 82nd Avenue of Roses, across the street from the Lents neighborhood.

Dispatched at 8:49 p.m. on January 27, it didn’t take long for many police cruisers to converge in the area – 14 of them in total.

It’s unclear why, but officers search ten blocks along SE Ogden Street, looking for evidence – or shooting victims.

Some officers were searching the road and talking with neighbors along a ten-block stretch of SE Ogden Street, going as far west as SE 72nd Avenue, looking for victims and evidence.

Several officers were focused on a red sedan, parked in the driveway of a residence in the 8000 Block of SE Ogden Street.

Officers inspect this vehicle, in which a man was injured by flying glass as bullets shattered a window.

“During their investing, East Precinct and FIT officers discovered no one had been shot,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen. However, one male victim had superficial injuries from flying glass, when his car was struck by gunfire,” he noted.

No immediate arrests were made; and this incident, Case No. 22-25701, remains under investigation.

>> If you can provide information about any of these shootings, please reference the “Case No.” when you email tips to; please put “ECST” in the “Subject” line.


Violent crime keeps officers on the run, often racing from one shooting call to another.

Here are the “Shots Fired” incidents – 43 of them this week in our area – to which our police officers responded. At some incidents, officers find “evidence of shooting”; at others, they do not.

January 19
22-17573         01/19/2022 at 20:10:10           SE 118TH AVE / SE HOLGATE BLVD
22-17662         01/19/2022 at 22:46:51           1200 Block of NE 102ND AVE

January 20
22-17767         01/20/2022 at 02:59:25           SE 145TH AVE / SE MILL ST
22-17813         01/20/2022 at 04:26:16           8200 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
22-17828         01/20/2022 at 05:25:33           SE 76TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-17876         01/20/2022 at 07:23:24           100 Block of NE 82ND AVE
22-18462         01/20/2022 at 16:19:52           900 Block of NE 122ND AVE
22-18681         01/20/2022 at 21:03:33           10600 Block of NE WEIDLER ST
22-18720         01/20/2022 at 22:00:23           12500 Block of SE HOLGATE BLVD

January 21
22-18831         01/21/2022 at 00:23:14           200 Block of NE 113TH AVE
22-18847         01/21/2022 at 00:43:47           4500 Block of SE WOODSTOCK BLVD
22-18933         01/21/2022 at 04:25:38           14600 Block of NE BROADWAY
22-18978         01/21/2022 at 06:25:41           DEAD END / NE HOLLADAY ST
22-19026         01/21/2022 at 07:54:40           5300 Block of SE OGDEN ST
22-19642         01/21/2022 at 17:55:12           4900 Block of SE 133RD AVE
22-19650         01/21/2022 at 18:02:35           3600 Block of NE 162ND AVE
22-19687         01/21/2022 at 18:40:53           10400 Block of NE FREMONT ST
22-19704         01/21/2022 at 18:59:48           NE 119TH AVE / NE SANDY BLVD
22-19823         01/21/2022 at 21:23:42           NE 138TH AVE / NE WHITAKER WAY
22-19826         01/21/2022 at 21:25:03           SE 82ND AVE / SE CENTER ST
22-19827         01/21/2022 at 21:26:27           300 Block of SE 146TH AVE

January 22
22-19960         01/22/2022 at 00:31:46           SE 100TH AVE/SE WASHINGTON ST
22-20232         01/22/2022 at 09:24:40           9300 Block of SE SALMON CT
22-20260         01/22/2022 at 10:02:34           3800 Block of NE 82ND AVE
22-20648         01/22/2022 at 17:33:40           8900 Block of SE TAYLOR ST
22-20812         01/22/2022 at 21:23:23           8500 Block of SE 76TH AVE
22-20829         01/22/2022 at 21:49:56           1800 Block of NE 162ND AVE
22-20843         01/22/2022 at 22:07:03           13800 Block of SE MILL ST
22-20903         01/22/2022 at 23:22:47           5200 Block of SE FLAVEL ST
22-20924         01/22/2022 at 23:49:22           1100 Block of NE 102ND AVE

January 23
22-21078         01/23/2022 at 04:17:19           600 Block of SE 130TH AVE
22-21385         01/23/2022 at 13:27:05           15900 Block of E BURNSIDE ST
22-21719         01/23/2022 at 20:18:04           2300 Block of SE 141ST AVE
22-21815         01/23/2022 at 22:35:37           SE POWELL BLVD / I205 FWY
22-21835         01/23/2022 at 23:05:12           3600 Block of NE 78TH AVE

January 24
22-21906         01/24/2022 at 01:48:08           2600 Block of SE 160TH AVE
22-21934         01/24/2022 at 02:03:21           6900 Block of SE 70TH AVE
22-22546         01/24/2022 at 18:32:06           4000 Block of SE 97TH AVE
22-22751         01/24/2022 at 23:19:37           NE 148TH AVE/NE SAN RAFAEL ST

January 25
22-23653         01/25/2022 at 20:24:45           4000 Block of SE TAYLOR ST
22-23760         01/25/2022 at 22:58:15           6600 Block of NE BROADWAY
22-23881         01/26/2022 at 02:02:28           8300 Block of NE MILTON ST
22-24574         01/26/2022 at 17:54:36           200 Block of SE 113TH AVE

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If it strikes you that our news coverage of shooting incidents in East Portland these days tends to resemble the look of a financial spreadsheet, unfortunately that’s just the way it is.

However, unlike a business’s spreadsheet, there are no profits here, but plenty of losses, for us all.

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