Shots in outer Powellhurst-Gilbert trigger massive police response

See why neighbors say it’s ‘getting rough’ along outer SE Powell Boulevard these days – and, who police say were involved in this incident …

Police swarm the driveway of apartment buildings in the 15100 block of SE Powell Boulevard, after many 9-1-1 callers report hearing the sound of gunshots – and one of them reported a smashed window.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
“It sounded like firecrackers,” said Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood resident Dillon Gray, as he watched police swarm an apartment complex on outer SE Powell Boulevard on February 20. “Some people were screaming. I ducked and hid out, so I didn’t see nothing.”

Officials are still saying little about the incident, other than that numerous calls to 9-1-1 reported shots being fired near SE 150th Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard at 1:53 p.m., which brought Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers to the area.

Officers continue to gather at the scene, while the search for suspects continues.

One caller additionally reported that a window had been shot out.

It was a curious tableau: Pedestrians and residents strolled around an apartment complex, as police carried on their investigation – but members of the media were cordoned off, across the street, a half-block east of the scene, “for their protection”.

One officer strings more yellow police tape, while another takes a call, as the investigation continues.

“Witnesses told dispatch that three African American males all ran eastbound on SE Powell Boulevard, toward an apartment complex at SE 151st Avenue, following the shots,” later reported PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King.

“The suspects were believed to be armed with handguns and a rifle,” King added. “There were no reports that anyone was injured.”

Officials released the photos for two of the three suspects in this case, 46-year-old Bilal Shamshudin and 21-year-old Dechavien Parks. MCDC photos

The following day, King said the PPB Gang Team Detectives had arrested 18-year-old Mikey Hammick, 46-year-old Bilal Shamshudin, and 21-year-old Dechavien Parks, in connection with the shooting incident – and held the men on a “Detainer charge”, with additional charges to be “added shortly”.
Although the official report says all three suspects were in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC), no record for Mikey Hammick could be located.

According to MCDC records, Shamshudin remains on custody on a Parole or Probation Hold; and Parks remains in custody on a Facility Hold.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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