Shootings continue – one, deadly – in outer East Portland

Officials that shootings in Hazelwood and Powellhurst-Gilbert left one victim wounded and one dead. And, a couple days later, another shooting leads police to finding a ‘ghost gun’ …

Portland Police Bureau East Precinct have another busy week being again called to shootings – one of them deadly – in outer East Portland this week.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As we gather news about outer East Portland, we wonder, “Will this be the week when no one is wounded or murdered by vicious individuals using guns?”

Sadly, the answer, once again, is no, not this week. Violent persons continued to shoot victims in our part of Portland.

May 28
Man injured in Hazelwood shooting

Reports of a man being shot in an apartment complex a couple blocks south of East Burnside Street bring officers to the area.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched at 3:47 p.m. to a “Shots Fired” call near the Ash Street Courtyard apartments on SE Ash Street.

Officers located a victim there, with an apparent gunshot wound to the arm. “He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital; the injury is not believed to be life-threatening,” a PPB official said.

Investigators are called in to investigate this daytime shooting.

The PPB’s Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) was dispatched to investigate this shooting.

Acting on information they’d received at the scene about a possible suspect leaving the scene in a vehicle, officers found and stopped the car. One person was detained for further investigation, although the shooting suspect is not believed to be in custody.

Have information about this shooting? If so, e-mail it to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 21-144201.

May 29
Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting victim dies at hospital

First responders raced to the shooting and took the victim to a hospital; but the man died as a result of his wounds.

Just 13 hours after the Hazelwood shooting, East Precinct officers were again dispatched to a “Shooting – with Weapon” on Saturday, May 29, at 1:05 a.m., after a call to the 9-1-1 Center reported a man shot in the street near SE 132nd Avenue and Center.

Arriving officers were directed to an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics provided emergency on-site first aid to the victim, and rushed him to a local hospital.

Officials say this man, 40-year-old Darren Lockett, died of a gunshot wound on a residential street in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

However, after arriving at the hospital, the shooting victim, 40-year-old Darren Lockett expired. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Lockett died of a gunshot wound, and ruled his death a homicide.

Anyone with information about this fatal shooting is asked to contact Detective Joseph Corona at Joseph.Corona@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0508; or, Detective Anthony Merrill Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4033. Be sure to reference Case No. 21-144630.

June 3
Shooting leads to car pursuit, arrest, and a ‘ghost gun’ seized, in Hazelwood

Not far from where the pursuit of a gunman began, the fleeing driver crashes and officers close off the street.

On June 3, at 11:04 p.m., PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to look into multiple calls of “Shots Fired” in the area of the along SE 129th Avenue, a few houses south of East Burnside Street –five blocks west of the shooting on May 28.

There were no known injuries related to the shooting.

When a suspect driving a blue 2000 Jaguar XK8 was located, officers tried to stop the vehicle; but, the driver sped off, trying get away. Officers stayed with the fleeing Jaguar, and attempted a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver.

After being “boxed in”, this pursuit is over. PPB provided image

About 1.3 miles from where the pursuit began, along the dividing line between the Hazelwood and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods, the Jag crashed into a parked vehicle on SE 136th Avenue near SE Division Street The driver again tried make a getaway in his now smashed-up vehicle.

However, officers used patrol vehicles to surround the car – box it in – and stop it.

This is the “ghost gun” officer find in the vehicle they’d just stopped. PPB provided image

As officers arrested the driver, they made an astonishing find: a “ghost gun” on the floorboard of the vehicle. [A ghost gun is a non-commercially, or homemade firearm that lacks commercial serial numbers.] The gun was seized as evidence.

Officers arrested the driver, 40-year-old Jerray Antwan Brown; he was taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries related to the crash, then booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on June 4 at 5:46 a.m.

Facing a variety of Felonies and Misdemeanors 40-year-old Jerray Antwan Brown. MCDC booking photo

Brown’s charges at his time of booking included: Felon in Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code-2 counts), Discharge of a Firearm in the city (city code), Attempting to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver-Property Damage, and Reckless Endangering (2 counts).

Brown was in custody for less than a day. It’s not known if his combined bail of $37,500 was reduced by a judge, but he was released on June 4. Release reason: Made Bail and assigned to the “Pre-Trial Supervision” program.

The PPB’s ECST is currently investigating this case, and desires to speak with people who may have information about this incident. If anyone has information about this case, please reference the Case No. 21-150836 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

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