Shootings resume, in outer East Portland

After a brief respite, shooting incidents again returned in our neighborhoods. One shooter is in jail; others are still roaming outer East Portland; and yet another ends his own life …

Again, officers are called to one shooting scene after another, as shots again ring out in Powellhurst-Gilbert, Parkrose, the Gateway area, and in Hazelwood neighborhoods.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

For several days, most of the shootings in the city took place outside outer East Portland neighborhoods, and that seemed like a comforting trend.

But then, the number of “Shots Fired” calls began to increase here again, as did the number of verified shooting incidents.


March 28
Parkrose shooting puts seriously wounded victim into hospital

An ambulance takes a man to the hospital, after being shot near SE Sandy Boulevard.

Little is being said about an early Sunday morning shooting along NE Sandy Boulevard, near the Parkrose TriMet Park and Ride lot and MAX Light Rail station near NE 96th Avenue on March 28

This “Shooting, with Weapon” call was dispatched at 5:29 a.m., bringing North Precinct officers to the area, where they found an adult male victim.

Paramedics from Portland Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response treated the patient, before rushing him to a hospital by ambulance. “His injuries are serious but not believed to be life threatening,” a PPB official reported.

Officers found a crime scene at Northeast 95th Avenue and Northeast Wygant Street. Members of the PPB’s Enhanced Community Safety Team responded to investigate, but aren’t yet revealing any suspect information.

If you have information about this case, email it to or call 503-823-0400 – and refer to Case No. 21-82369.

March 29
Person shot in Gateway Shopping Center area

In the Hazelwood neighborhood, this “Shots Fired” call that brought out law enforcement officers turned out to be a shooting incident.

Again, there’s scant information about this shooting – which took place on March 29 along NE 102nd Avenue near the Gateway Shopping Center, in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

It is known that officers were dispatched to another “Shooting, with Weapon” call – this one at 11:27 p.m. that evening.

Officers found a person – gender not specified – suffering from an apparent, non-life-threatening gunshot wound. “Officers provided first aid until medical personnel arrived; the victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance,” a PPB official said. “It is unclear exactly what led to the shooting, and the suspect had fled prior to police arriving.”

As is usually the case, officers preserved the crime scene, collected evidence, and spoke with potential witnesses.

This case is also under investigation; if you can help, contact the PPB’s non-emergency phone line, and refer to Case No. 21-84064 when providing information. Or, you can provide anonymous tips online at the Crime Stoppers web site: CLICK HERE to do so.

March 30
Man shoots, flees, and the commits suicide in Hazelwood

Officers are called to the southwestern edge of Glendoveer, to investigate a shooting. The incident unfolded tragically, from there.

Officers were dispatched at 10:10 p.m. to a “Shooting, with Weapon” call on March 30; the location was NE 131st Place, just north of Glisan Street, at the southwestern edge of Glendoveer. There, they found a person with what appeared to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound; who, after being medically-stabilized, was transported by ambulance to a hospital.
After learning the name of a suspect, and getting the license plate and vehicle description, officers put the information out on the radio. At 10:38 p.m., an officer found the suspect vehicle near SE 143rd Avenue and Stark Street. Officers attempted to stop that vehicle, but the suspect wanted to elude capture.

Officers tailed the vehicle 1.7 miles, until it came to a stop in a dead-end parking lot, at an apartment complex near SE 122nd Avenue and Mill Street.
“Officers began communicating with the suspect who would not get out of the vehicle; and they could see he was armed with a handgun,” a PPB official reported.

A PPB CNT officer gets his gear from the back of his vehicle, after being called to the scene of a standoff.

Incident commanders activated the PPB’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene. Although CNT officers communicated with the suspect for several hours, at one point during the negotiations officers believe the suspect fired a shot inside the vehicle.
At about 4:00 a.m., SERT deployed CS gas in order to draw the suspect from the vehicle; but officers say the suspect appeared to have previously taken his own life with a firearm – making it yet another fatal shooting in outer East Portland.

This investigation continues. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Scott Broughton 503-823-3774 or Detective Rico Beniga 503-823-0457.

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