Two injured in Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting

UPDATED: SUSPECT CAPTURED!  Here’s what’s been learned about an incident that unfolded just outside an outer East Portland convenience store …

One of many police units racing to a Powellhurst-Gilbert convenience store, when two men are shot.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In the wee hours of Sunday, August 5, gunshots broke the stillness in front of the 7-Eleven store at southeast corner of SE 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard – and two men slumped to the pavement.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched there at 2:12 a.m., after a caller to the 9-1-1 Center reported two people had been struck by bullets just outside the store.

The area in front of this 7-Eleven store is closed off as the investigation begins.

“Officers located two adult males on the ground outside the 7-Eleven; both men appeared to be suffering from gunshot injuries,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

The officers gave the men emergency medical first aid, until paramedics arrived and transported the wounded pair by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of what were believed to be serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries, Burley said.

Two ambulances responded to take the wounded men to a local hospital.

“Investigators believe two men fired weapons at the two injured men,” Burley explained.

Witnesses described one of the suspects as a younger black male, 5’10” to 6’00” tall, 190 pounds, with a goatee and numerous tattoos on his chest and torso, and armed with a handgun. The other suspect was described as a black male with hazel-colored hair. The suspects piled into, and departed in, a white sedan.

In addition to one of the store’s front plate glass windows having been shattered by bullets, the PPB Gang Enforcement Team finds additional evidence of gunfire.

Based on information gathered by the PPB Gang Enforcement Team, on Friday, August 31,  members of the PPB Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) arrested a suspect in this shooting at an apartment located at 12230 SE  Bush Street.

In connection with this shooting, Andrew Paul James now faces four Felony charges, one for Attempted Murder. MCDC booking photo

The suspect, 33-year-old Andrew Paul James, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 6:36 a.m. the morning of his arrest on charges of Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

At his arraignment, James learned that he’ll stand trial on four felony charges; he’s currently lodged at Inverness Jail, in lieu of $560.000 combined bail.

“We’re asking anyone who witnessed this shooting, or who possesses video surveillance footage of the shooting, to contact Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division’s Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106,” requested Burley.

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