Shots, and more shots, again fired in outer East Portland this week

But, it looks as if only one person was injured in the dozens of shooting incidents that took place from the Centennial to the Russell neighborhoods. INCLUDES ‘SHOTS FIRED” LOG: See if bullets have been flying on your street, this week …

Plastic tape, strung up by officers to contain a crime scene, was on display dozens of times this week as investigators looked into outer East Portland shootings.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It was another active week of violence caused by vicious people using guns to create mayhem across outer east Portland.

As we’ve noted in the past, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers who investigate these “Shots Fired” calls sometimes find no evidence that any shooting took place.

If you’re one of the many readers have asked from what source our number of “Shots Fired” calls are derived, the information is supplied by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communication. Following this week’s prominent shooting stories is a “Shots Fired” log of shooting incidents from July 31 through the afternoon of August 5.

August 1
Little is known about Hazelwood shooting

At 3:30 p.m. on August 1, PPB officers, and emergency medical first responders were dispatched on this “Shooting – with Weapon” report at the intersection of NE 122nd Avenue near Glisan Street.

So far, no official information is available about this incident. If you can provide any, be sure to let officials know. It’s Case No. 21-211598.

August 2
Victim shot in Brentwood-Darlington

This neighborhood street is blocked off while officers look into a shooting.

At 11:35 p.m. on August 2, PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to a “Shooting – with Weapon” at SE Harney Drive near 58th Avenue.

“Officers responded to the report of a shooting at this location, but the suspect had fled, prior to police arrival,” said PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Greg Pashley about this shooting.

“When the officers arrived, they found a person suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound and got that victim medical attention,” Pashley told East Portland News. The gunshot victim was taken to a local hospital with what he described as a “non-life threatening wound.”

Officers spoke with potential witnesses and preserved evidence. The investigation is ongoing. PPB investigators welcome information about it; it’s Case No. 21-213078; e-mail what you know to

August 4
Shots near Russell neighborhood homeless encampment

Officers find “evidence of gunfire” – and a suspect – at this shooting call.

Just after midnight on August 4, specifically at 12:06 a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a “Shots Fired” call on NE Siskiyou Street, just off NE 122nd Avenue.

“When officers arrived, they found one vehicle that had apparently been hit by gunfire, and, although nobody was injured, they did find spent bullet cartridge casings on the ground,” Lt. Pashley related.

Relating to this shooting, 49-year-old John Wesley Neal is being held for violating his probation, and being a felon possessing a gun. MCDC booking photo

“The circumstances of the shots were not determined, but during their investigation officers contacted 49-year-old John Wesley Neal at the scene, is a convicted felon, and was in possession of a firearm,” Lt Pashley said.

Neal was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:26 a.m. on August 4 for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. At his arraignment later that morning, the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm charge was dropped. However, at publication time, Mr. Neal remains in custody, with a $5,000 bail assigned for the Class C Felony charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and is also being held, without bail on a Parole Violation charge.

August 4
Shooting victim walks into Hazelwood hospital

A person, who had been shot, sought medical attention in this Emergency Department.

If a person who has been wounded by gunshots is helped into a hospital’s Emergency Department, medical personnel are required to notify law enforcement officials.

Such was the case at 12:09 a.m. on August 4, when a victim arrived at Adventist Medical Center. So far, PPB officials haven’t commented on this incident. But, if you have helpful information, email it to and add that it is regarding Case No. 21-214087.

August 4
Bullets perforate Brentwood-Darlington vehicle

Apparently, no one was wounded in this shooting, but officers did find a car with bullet holes. PPB image

PPB East Precinct officers were sent to investigate a “Shots Fired” call on August 4 at 2:13 a.m. along SE Flavel Street near 66th Avenue.

Looking into this incident, officers didn’t find any victim, but they did find an unoccupied vehicle with fresh bullet holes. “No one was injured in this incident; the suspect(s) fled prior to police arrival,” Lt. Pashley noted.

Again, if you can provide information about this shooting, be sure to reference Case No. 21-214154 when you e-mail

August 4
Person wounded in afternoon Centennial shooting

An officer stands by as investigators look into a daytime shooting near a large apartment complex.

PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to investigate another brazen daytime shooting, on August 4 at 2:33 p.m., on SE 145th Avenue, about a block south of Division Street, in front of the Brigadoon Apartments.

“Officers found a gunshot victim a short distance away from where investigators believe the incident occurred,” a PPB official reported. “Officers facilitated the safe arrival of medical personnel to treat the victim, who was then transported by ambulance to a hospital.”

Officers establish a crime scene, as this investigation gets underway. Courtesy of KOIN-TV

Officers searched for evidence and witnesses in the area, and established a crime scene; however the shooting suspect was gone before police arrived.
The Portland Police Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded and took over the investigation.

If anyone has information about this case, please reference Case No. 21-214714 and e-mail

August 5
Person shot near Hazelwood apartment complex

An officer stands by on NE 121st Avenue, while investigators look into a shooting, this one along East Burnside Street.

Officers, and then PPB ECST were called an apartment complex on East Burnside Street near 121st Avenue at 3:28 p.m. on August 5. So far, officials have not provided information about this shooting incident said to have left one person with a gunshot wound.

‘Shots Fired’ Log

These are not the only shooting incidents that took place across the City of Portland between July 31 and the morning of August 6 – there were about the same number of calls outside of outer East Portland.

Saturday, July 31
21-210679      07/31/2021 at 18:20:20           2700 Block of NE 102ND AVE
21-210690      07/31/2021 at 18:29:29           NE RODNEY AVE/NE SAN RAFAEL ST
21-210765       07/31/2021 at 20:19:41           10600 Block of NE RUSSELL CT

Sunday, August 1
21-211011       08/01/2021 at 00:36:59           8300 Block of SE RHINE ST
21-211162       08/01/2021 at 04:22:17           3100 Block of NE ROCKY BUTTE RD
21-211856      08/01/2021 at 21:19:37           6600 Block of NE 8TH AVE

Monday, August 2
21-212066       08/02/2021 at 01:47:57           SE 138TH AVE / SE MILL ST
21-212074       08/02/2021 at 02:04:12           2100 Block of SE 122ND AVE
21-212076       08/02/2021 at 02:07:08           4800 Block of NE 103RD AVE
21-212899       08/02/2021 at 20:21:55           4500 Block of NE 125TH PL
21-213084       08/02/2021 at 23:40:31           500 Block of SE 20TH AVE

Tuesday, August 3
21-213139       08/03/2021 at 00:47:06           NE 122ND AVE/NE SISKIYOU ST
21-213156       08/03/2021 at 01:16:25           200 Block of SE 148TH AVE
21-213186       08/03/2021 at 02:32:06           1600 Block of NE 162ND AVE
21-32775         08/03/2021 at 02:38:14           17300 Block of NE HALSEY ST
21-213233       08/03/2021 at 04:39:26           9200 Block of SE CLINTON ST
21-213762       08/03/2021 at 17:19:54           4300 Block of SE 91ST AVE
21-213989       08/03/2021 at 21:49:03           15900 Block of NE RUSSELL ST
21-213997       08/03/2021 at 22:01:26           12900 Block of SE SHERMAN ST
21-32913         08/03/2021 at 22:04:29           17300 Block of NE HALSEY ST
21-214056       08/03/2021 at 23:20:05           10500 Block of NE HALSEY ST

Wednesday, August 4
21-214085      08/04/2021 at 00:06:06           12200 Block of NE SISKIYOU ST
21-214100       08/04/2021 at 00:24:39           SE 130TH AVE/SE DIVISION ST
21-214104       08/04/2021 at 00:27:12           NE 122ND AVE/E BURNSIDE ST
21-214154       08/04/2021 at 02:13:48           SE 66TH AVE/SE FLAVEL ST
21-214158       08/04/2021 at 02:16:54           400 Block of NE 160TH AVE
21-214152       08/04/2021 at 02:17:54           NE 118TH AVE/NE SANDY BLVD
21-214177       08/04/2021 at 02:47:41           SE 151ST AVE/SE STARK ST
21-215049      08/04/2021 at 21:19:22           9100 Block of NE IRVING ST
21-33102        08/04/2021 at 21:58:15           300 Block of NE 166TH AVE

Thursday, August 5
21-215193       08/05/2021 at 00:06:28           3200 Block of SE HOLGATE BLVD
21-33120         08/05/2021 at 00:52:39           E BURNSIDE ST / SE 165TH AVE
21-215278       08/05/2021 at 02:30:17           NE 122ND AVE/NE SISKIYOU ST
21-215297       08/05/2021 at 03:08:23           12500 Block of SE POWELL CT
21-215302       08/05/2021 at 03:17:49           4500 Block of NE 95TH AVE
21-215340       08/05/2021 at 04:31:48           NE 122ND AVE / NE SANDY BLVD
21-215399       08/05/2021 at 06:20:09           SE 72ND AVE/WOODSTOCK BLVD
21-216088       08/05/2021 at 19:19:07           4000 Block of SE 97TH AVE
21-216195       08/05/2021 at 21:59:09           SE 92ND AVE/SE HAWTHORNE BLVD

June 6
21-216414       08/06/2021 at 02:58:03           5200 Block of SE 62ND AVE
21-216627       08/06/2021 at 09:16:44           1500 Block of SE 169TH PL
21-216730       08/06/2021 at 10:55:59           NE 122ND AVE / NE SISKIYOU ST

More than just troubling statistics …
Shooting and “Shots Fired” incidents are more than statistics – numbers on a chart. This represents the continuing violence on our streets.

What to do? You choose …

RED PILL: If you accept this lawlessness, just sit back, relax, and watch another television show, or go back to searching the internet for funny videos.

BLUE PILL: If this continuing violence troubles you, if you are tired of seeing “plan” after “plan” to reducing shootings committed by violent people — contact your City of Portland elected officials and let them know (using polite and civil language) your concerns.


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