Three injured in three days of shots in outer East Portland

Week #207 Shooting Report | INCLUDES INVESTIGATION VIDEO | Two women were injured by unknown shooters; a man was shot by police – after brandishing a big gun during an arrest …

Day after day this week, officers are called out to investigate shootings across outer East Portland.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

A shooting in a transient camp in Lents, a shootout in Powellhurst-Gilbert apartment complex parking lot, and a standoff with police in the Russell neighborhood – each incident left behind injured people, bullet holes in walls and glass – and shattered nerves among residents across outer East Portland.

Here’s why members of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST), district officers, and detectives were busy over the last few days.

May 27
Woman wounded at Lents transient camp shooting

A woman, strapped to a gurney, is ready for transport by ambulance to a local hospital, after she was shot and wounded at a transient camp in Lents.

Not far from the “Marshall Campus” in the Lents neighborhood, at the north end of SE 91st Avenue – where it dead-ends into the back of the former Chuck E Cheese parking lot – shots were heard on Memorial Day evening, May 27.

“There are several camps in that area, but usually there’s not too much going on,” a neighbor told East Portland News. “But, today, I heard several – maybe five – gunshots, and some screaming, before the police and an ambulance came down the street.

Officers start placing yellow evidence markers over spent bullet shell casings found at the scene of this shooting.

PPB East Precinct officers, who were dispatched to the shots-fired report at 6:40 p.m., found a female who’d been shot.

Watch, as the shooting victim is taken to the hospital, and this shooting investigation gets underway:

Within six minutes, half a dozen officers had arrived at the scene – some below, at the crime scene, others up in the parking lot north of where the street dead-ends.

Police officials aren’t saying if, or how, the late-model BMW here being examined by officers, might be involved with the shooting.

We asked PPB Public Information Manager Mike Benner if, or how, a late model BMW sedan – with no license plate, and with evidence markers around it – might be involved. He didn’t respond to our question.

But Benner did tell East Portland News.  “Officers contacted the victim who was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. [Spent bullet shell] casings were located at the scene; and the PPB’s Enhanced Community Safety Team responded to investigate.”

Officers continue to gather evidence as they keep this crime scene secure for investigators.

No suspects have been apprehended yet, Benner added.

The investigation is continuing. If you have information about this case, please e-mail and reference Case No. 24-130539.

May 28
Suspected gang shootout in apartment complex parking lot injures teen girl

After officers learn the true location of the shootout, they close off SE 124th Avenue north of Powell Boulevard.

PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched – on May 28, at 1:17 a.m. – to a “Shots Fired” report at the Briarwood East Apartments, at 3302 SE 122nd Avenue. However, arriving officers found no commotion, and nothing out of place.

However, at 1:18 a.m., calls came in to the 9-1-1 Center, frantically requesting an ambulance, reporting that a girl had been shot – but at a nearby housing complex. The corrected location was the Parklane Apartments just east, at 3335 SE 124th Avenue; a block north of Powell Boulevard.

Residents told reporters they heard “dozens of gunshots” fired by “likely gangsters” – masked gunmen dressed in all black, in the parking lot, evidently having a shootout.

Dozens of gunshots leave behind dozens of spent bullet shell casings — their locations indicated by markers.

“When officers arrived, they found a juvenile (teenage) female victim with non-life threatening injuries; she was transported [by ambulance] to a local hospital,” PPB spokesperson Benner told East Portland News.

Left behind were almost too many bullet holes to count, in the walls and windows of the buildings of the apartment complex. However, PPB Forensic Evidence Division (FED) investigators doggedly marked and documented each and every one of them.

In the light of day, bullet holes in the buildings and windows are clearly visible.

“The Enhanced Community Safety Team responded to the scene, and is investigating,” Benner reported.

No suspects were apprehended; the investigation is continuing, Benner said. If you have information about this case, please e-mail, and refer to Case No. 24-130806.

May 29
Sex crimes suspect shot by police after bolting from the back door of a Russell neighborhood home — with a military-style gun

In the dark of night, before dawn, Portland Police SERT units roll into the Russell neighborhood, getting ready to help serve a search warrant with the PPB’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit detectives.

At 4:06 a.m. on May 29, on the eastern edge of the Linfield College branch campus in the Russell neighborhood, PPB Internet Crimes Against Children Unit detectives, with backup from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) officers, quietly moved in and surrounded a house at 2751 NE 137th Avenue, preparing to serve a search warrant.

The residence was owned by subject of the search warrant – later identified as 44-year-old Patrick W. Myers – and he did not cooperate.

As day breaks, after the incident is over, the residential street remains closed off, as investigators and detectives begin their work. Courtesy KOIN TV-6 News

The PPB provided this timeline of what took place:

  • 4:19 a.m. CNT begins more than an hour of communication with Myers in an effort to encourage him to surrender
  • 6:06 a.m. Myers ends communication with CNT
  • 6:08 a.m. Myers exits back of the home, armed with a rifle, and is shot by a SERT member
  • 6:14 a.m. Myers is taken into custody
  • 6:15 a.m. A medic assigned to SERT begins rendering aid
  • 6:25 a.m. Myers is transported to a local hospital

This is the gun officials say the subject was carrying out his back door, when he was shot by a SERT officer.

Portland Police Bureau Chief Bob Day talks with reporters about the incident.

Later that morning, PPB officials, including Portland Police Chief Bob Day, told reporters near the scene that search warrant had been served concerning an indictment on the following charges:

Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (six counts); and,
Encouraging Sexual Assault of an Animal (one count).

PPB’s Homicide Unit, along with it’s FED investigators, launched an investigation at the scene that is still  ongoing.

If you have information about the case, and haven’t yet spoken with investigators, contact Detective Stephen Gandy at 503 823-0449 or Detective Jeffery Pontius at 503-823-0433 and reference Case No. 24-680356.

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As the 207th East Portland News “Weekly Shooting Report” concludes, we wonder when shooting by violent people in our midst might come to an end..

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