Shooting violence continues in outer East Portland

Week 62 Shooting Report | Numerous ‘Shots Fired’ calls keep officers busy earlier this week. Two shootings leave behind much evidence, but no casualties; man with guns runs from officers at traffic stop. But later, two are wounded in a brazen, daytime shooting …

With evidence gathered, officers start opening up yet another crime scene in outer East Portland, after an on-the-street shooting.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

While the Portland Police Commissioner, Mayor Ted Wheeler, and other members of the Portland City Council debate – criminals, with guns, ceaselessly keep shooting in outer East Portland neighborhoods.

Only some of the 55 “Shots Fired” calls in our neighborhoods, during the past week, turned out to be actual shootings. Still, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers are called to investigate each and every one of these shooting reports. This week brought them to Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Hazelwood, Mill Park, Argay Terrace, and Parkrose.

Nobody was injured during these shooting incidents – until, that is, an afternoon shooting in Madison South, on September 16, sent a youth and adult to the hospital. Read on for that report …

September 12
138 bullet holes found after Parkrose shooting

A neighbor says this shot-up SUV looked like “Swiss cheese”, being riddled with so many bullet holes.

Miraculously, no one was killed or wounded in the early morning hours of September 12, when more a hundred gunshots were fired along NE 95th Avenue, just north of Prescott Street.

“Police told us that they found 138 bullet holes in apartment walls, windows – and that the Ford Explorer out front looks like ‘Swiss cheese’, with the number of bullet holes in it,” reported neighbor Ella Greenwood.

Windows, like this one, were also shot out in the apartment building.

Indeed, it appeared as if the Village Maywood apartments had been targeted, for no known reason.

“4:20 a.m. that morning, PPB North Precinct officers were dispatched to a ‘Shots Fired’ call at this location; multiple callers reported hearing shots; and when officers arrived they found evidence of gunfire,” confirmed a PPB spokesperson.

Evidence markers, each one showing the location of a spent bullet casing, litter NE 95th Avenue. PPB provided image

“Officers did not find anyone wounded, but through their investigation learned that four apartments and five vehicles had been hit by bullets. More than 100 cartridge casings, in different calibers, were recovered at the scene,” the spokesperson said.

While they found an abundance of evidence in the area, officers were not able to locate the shooters; so, this case remains under investigation. If you have information about this case, e-mail it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, and reference Case No. 21-254386.

September 13
Shots fired, again, in Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood

In the dark of night, n officer looks for more evidence after a shooting – this one a block south of Mt. Scott City Park.

Just why the area on SE 72nd Avenue between Duke and Harold Streets has become a focus for gunfire is unknown – but armed criminals have repeatedly shot up houses and vehicles, usually at night, and usually without any reported injury.

On September 13, at 9:12 p.m., East Precinct officers were again dispatched to SE 72nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard for “multiple shots fired” along the street.

Along almost two blocks of SE 72nd Avenue in Mt. Scott-Arleta, evidence markers show the location of spent bullet casings. PPB provided image

At the scene, an officer told East Portland News that they’d found 26 bullet cartridge casings, in different calibers, strewn along 72nd Avenue, from S.E. St. Martins Street, north to Knight Street at the edge of Mt. Scott City Park.

A PPB spokesperson later reported, “Investigating officers learned that a bullet went through the windshield of a passing car, barely missing the driver. A total of three vehicles were struck by gunfire – including the side of a Portland Parks & Recreation pickup truck.”

Officials say the bullet fired by an unknown gunperson smashed through the windshield of this vehicle. PPB provided image

There have been no reports of injuries as a result of this shooting. While no arrests have been made, the case is still under active investigation. If you have information about this case, reference Case No. 21-256082 when you e-mail what you know to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

September 13
Gun grabbed, but potential shooter gives officers the slip, in Powellhurst-Gilbert

Looking for the suspect with guns in his car who ran from them, officers close off streets while they investigate.

Something didn’t look right to PPB East Precinct officers, about a BMW that was slowly rolling through the parking lot of Powellhurst-Gilbert commercial center, at 1:55 a.m. on September 13.

“When officers initiated a ‘traffic stop’, the driver fled on foot,” a Police Bureau spokesperson said. “Officers conducted a search of the area, and were unable to locate the suspect.”

These are just some of the things officials say were inside the BMW that officers stopped. PPB provided image

However, looking through the BMW, officers did find a short-barreled rifle, body armor, magazines, ammunition, a baton, a handheld radio, and other items.

This incident remains under investigation; no Case Number is available.

September 16
Madison South daylight shooting along NE 82nd Avenue of Roses injures two

Many think this area of NE 82nd Avenue of Roses, looking south up the hill from NE Sandy Boulevard, is in the Parkrose neighborhood. But, this thoroughfare, closed off for a shooting investigation is actually in Madison South.

Neighbors on the west side of NE 82nd Avenue of Roses, at Failing Street, shook their heads in disbelief, as they watched one PPB unit after another pull up at the south entrance of The Terrace at Columbia Knoll. They were all there in response to a shooting report, dispatched at 2:22 p.m. on September 16.

NE 82nd Avenue of Roses was shut down for hours, from Fremont Street north to Sandy Boulevard, while the investigation got underway. Before long, a total of 17 PPB cruisers from both North and East Precincts were at there.

Officers have marked where spent bullet casings, in the middle of NE 82nd Avenue of Roses landed after a shooting.

“I heard, ‘pop, pop, then pop-pop-pop’ just outside my place this afternoon, and I ‘hit the deck’ – you see, I spent time in the US Army, and I know the sound of gunfire!” Trayvon Harris told East Portland News, as he watched the investigation unfold from a vantage point on NE Failing Street.

“It sure seems like the folks downtown [at Portland City Hall] are spending a lot of time, and a lot of money, on things the don’t matter – when instead, they should be helping our police stop people from getting gunned down, in broad daylight,” Harris reflected aloud, slowly shaking his head as he walked off.

With bagged evidence in hand, a PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team member points in the direction from which shots likely were fired.

Later that afternoon, PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard provided official information about the incident.

“When officers arrived, they found both a juvenile and adult suffering from gunshot wounds; the victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries,” Lt. Sheppard reported. “At least one vehicle was struck.”

A PPB Forensics Division “crime scene investigator” points out details to a detective at the crime scene.

Members of the PPB’s Enhanced Community Safety Team were seen examining buildings for additional bullet holes, while officers canvassed units across the sprawling complex, seeking any additional shooting victims.

If you have information about this case, e-mail it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, in the Subject Line type “ECST”, and reference Case No. 21-258803 in your message.

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