Three shootings on one violent Saturday night – and one man dead

Week #153 Shooting Report | UPDATED | A weekend of violent people shooting guns in outer East Portland gives neighbors good reason to be concerned about this deadly trend …

With warm summer nights, shootings seem to increase each year, bringing Portland Police Bureau officers and investigators to crime scenes.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Why is this article subtitled “Week #153 Shooting Report”? CLICK HERE to find out who is chiefly responsible for nearly three years of shooting mayhem in our city, and how it came about.

Multiple shootings – three incidents in outer East Portland – the night of May 13-14 kept Portland Police Bureau (PPB) district officers, as well as those attached with the Bureau’s Focused Intervention Team (FIT), Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST), and Homicide Unit detectives.

Read on, and also see – to top off the week – the story of a 13-year-old, with a gun and body armor, who was stopped near a Montavilla school.

May 14: 3:28 a.m.
Hospital walk-in gunshot wound

An uncooperative gunshot wound patient is taken to Adventist Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to Adventist Medical Center on the report of a victim checking himself in with a gunshot wound. The victim was not cooperative, and refused to say where he had been shot.

Officers, through investigation, founed a possible crime scene in the 8600 block of Southeast Foster Road, in the Lents neighborhood. No arrests were made. This is Case No. 23-125733.

May 14 3:34 a.m.
Multiple people wounded, one deceased in Cully shooting

Officers investigate a shooting that injures three victims; one of them die.

PPB North Precinct officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 6500 block of NE Killingsworth Street in the Cully neighborhood.

The officers found three injured people there. Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics, as well as ambulances, were dispatched to the scene to treat the victims.

One adult male was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. Two others, an adult female and an adult male, suffered minor injuries and were not taken to a hospital. No arrests were made.

on May 20, PPB officials identified the victim of this homicide  as 30-year-old Jose Valentin Perez of Portland. The medical examiner determined Valentin Perez died of homicide by gunshot.

If you have information about this incident, contact Detective Steve Gandy at or call (503) 823-0449.or Detective Calvin Goldring at or by phone at 503-823-0256. This is Case No. 23-125743.

May 14 5:43 a.m.
Man shot in neck, in Hazelwood

As the sun comes up, officers are on scene, checking on a shooting in a Hazelwood apartment building.

Then, East Precinct officers were dispatched to the Maple Vine Apartments, in the 170 block of SE 146th Avenue in the Hazelwood neighborhood, to look into a “Multiple Shots Fired” crime.

Officers found an adult male victim, who had injuries to his neck. He was evaluated by paramedics, but declined being taken to a hospital. Officers determined that a suspect had fired through the victim’s apartment door. Evidence of gunfire was located. No arrests were made. This is Case No. 23-125790.

Other shooting calls, earlier that evening, across Portland

May 13, 10:18 p.m., Central Precinct officers investigate a “Shots Fired” call in the 900 block of SE 33rd Avenue in the Sunnyside neighborhood. No victims or evidence of gunfire was located.

At 10:50 p.m. on May 13, officers learned that a victim had walked into a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. The victim refused to say where the shooting took place. Officers investigated and found a crime scene in the 3300 block of SE Belmont Street. No arrests were made. (23-125526)

On May 14, 2023 at 12:04 a.m., at a shooting at a bar in the Lloyd District, officers found three victims with apparent gunshot wounds. Officers performed trauma first aid on the one adult male and two adult female victims, including the applying of tourniquets.

All three were taken to the hospital by ambulances, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The suspect or suspects fled the scene before police arrived, and no immediate arrests were made. This is Case No. 23-125622

Crimes with guns shooting up
Preliminary tally is that PPB members have recorded 382 confirmed shootings this year to date, and 120 people have been hurt or killed by gunfire (not including suicides). Of the 34 homicides in the City of Portland this year, 30 have been shootings.

By comparison, last year on this date there had been 528 confirmed shooting incidents and 166 injured or killed. The homicide count was 37 at this time last year, including 35 shootings. So it’s better this year so far – but certainly it’s not good.

May 15
Shooting threat at Montavilla school leads to boy’s arrest

Armed with this very realistic looking [but replica] Glock pistol, and tactical gear, the youth was clearly intent on making trouble at school.

On May 15 just before 4 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to Creative Science School, at 1231 SE 92nd Avenue, because a former student had been spotted armed in tactical gear, had a gun, and was threatening to commit a shooting at the school.

Following their protocol, school administrators put the school into lockdown and called 911. Arriving officers found the 13-year-old suspect about two blocks away, about five streets to the north, near the intersection of SE 92nd Avenue and Stark Street.

“The [13-year-old] suspect was wearing a tactical vest, helmet, goggles, and was carrying what appeared to be a Glock handgun,” a PPB spokesperson said. “Officers challenged the juvenile, giving him commands to facilitate his safe arrest, and he complied.”

The youth was taken into custody and the firearm he was carrying was determined to be a realistic-looking replica. The juvenile was taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center, charged with Menacing with a Firearm and Disorderly Conduct.

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Stay safe as you can, here in outer East Portland!

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