Shootings again flare up across outer East Portland

Week #173 Shooting Report | INCLUDES SHOOTING INVESTIGATION VIDEO | Fortunately, nobody was killed at this week’s shootings in the Powellhurst-Gilbert, Centennial and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods …

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers, and those with the Bureau’s Focused Intervention (FIT) and Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) have been kept on the run lately, following up on numerous “Shots Fired” dispatches, and actual shooting calls.

September 24
Man shoots up house in Powellhurst-Gilbert

After a PPB officer hears the sound of multiple gunshots in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, he calls for backup.

Sounds of gunshots on Sunday afternoon, September 24, along SE Ellis Street just west of 128th Avenue, drew the attention of law enforcement in the area. PPB East Precinct officers, and eventually a ECST team, were dispatched there at 2:15 p.m.

A neighbor told East Portland News that a man was “using a house on the block for target practice”.

More PPB patrol cars arrive along SE 128th Avenue.

“An officer was in that area, and heard multiple gunshots,” PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told East Portland News. “That officer drove towards the sound of the gunfire, and heard additional gunshots.”

As many as 13 officers flooded the area to search for the source of the continuing gunfire.

“Officers found a man, later identified as 36-year-old Valerii Kravtsov, firing rounds into the air in his backyard,” Sergeant Allen reported. “Kravtsov went into his house and came out the front door, at which point he was taken into custody.

36-year-old Valerii Kravtsov is seated in the back of a PPB patrol SUV after being taken into custody.

“It’s estimated that Kravtsov fired between 20 and 30 rounds. Officers found three bullet strikes on a structure under construction on Kravtsov’s property,” Sergeant Allen added.

After his arrest, Kravtsov was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:15 p.m. the same day on two Misdemeanor charges: Discharging a Firearm in the City; and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

Kravtsov was released from the MCDC later that day. Release Reason: Released on Own Recognizance.

Even though Kravtsov was released, he’s still required to go to court to face charges. If his neighbors come across bullet holes in their buildings or vehicles, or have information that they have not yet shared with investigators, email it to –, and mark it to the attention of ECST; refer to Case No. 23-251508.

September 29
Shooting brings police to Centennial neighborhood

Officers gather in the Centennial neighborhood to investigate a shots fired there.

There’s little information about this shooting which brought PPB East Precinct officers to a shooting on Thursday, September 28 at 12:09 p.m. The center of the investigation appeared to be SE Division Street near 145th Avenue.

Eight officers were investigating the incident for several hours.

In a search for evidence, officers examine the street.

“Officers responded to reports of a robbery and shooting,” Sergeant Allen later filled is in, about this incident. “The officers located one female adult victim who was injured and she has been transported to a hospital with serious, life threatening injuries; and, no immediate arrests have been made,” he added.

This remains an active investigation.

If you have information about this shooting that you have not shared with investigators, email it to, mark it to the attention of ECST, and refer to Case No. 23-255004.

September 28
Car shot up in early-morning Brentwood-Darlington shooting

After finding this car damaged by bullets, officers turn their attention to the location of the shooting.

On Thursday morning, September 28, at 7:14 a.m., PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to a shots-fired call on SE Rex Street, a block west of 52nd Avenue.

Watch as this shooting investigation unfolds; and see the shot-up car in our video:

There, they found a shot-up car with the rear driver’s-side window blown out, and at least one bullet hole in the driver’s side door.

As they documented the shot-up car, officers learned from the victim that the shooting actually took place a few blocks away.

Yellow evidence markers cover spent bullet shell casings left in the street.

Downhill, at the intersection of SE Harney Drive and 52nd, officers found spent shell casings, closed the streets, and began their investigation.

“A male victim was injured – perhaps by shrapnel – but did not need an ambulance to take him to a local hospital,” PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen informed. “The shooting suspect or suspects had left the scene by the time police arrived, and were not located. ECST investigators are doing follow-up work on this case.”

A PPB ECST investigator marks a shell casing, before bagging the evidence.

If you have information about this incident, email it to, and mark it to the attention of ECST, referring to Case No. 23-255721.

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