Two men arrested after shooting up Mill Park

Find out why these men are behind bars, after allegedly shooting guns in an outer East Portland neighborhood on the Fourth of July …

An officer broadcasts the descriptions of suspects and their cars after they brandished, then shot, handguns in the Mill Park neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Sounds of fireworks crackling – and the occasional explosion of Oregon-illegal fireworks – punctuated the night of July 4 throughout outer East Portland. You probably heard them yourself.

But, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers were called to the Mill Park neighborhood near Mill Park Elementary School at 8:58 p.m., when neighbors called the 9-1-1 Center to report “men brandishing guns” near SE 11500 Avenue and Stephens Street.

“As officers responded to the area, a caller to 9-1-1 reported hearing gunfire in the area,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

Neighbors told responding officers that after the men shot guns, they left the area – and witnesses described in vehicles in which they fled.

“The officers obtained descriptions of the suspects and the suspects’ vehicles. The information was broadcast to officers searching the neighborhood.”

Officers block off a dead-end street and carefully approach two suspects.

An officer searching several blocks east, near SE 126th Avenue and Stephens Street, spotted vehicles that matched the descriptions.

“When the drivers arrived at the dead-end of SE Stephens Street, they parked the vehicles and exited them,” Burley said.

These three pistols were found near the suspects, police say.

As additional officers rolled into the area, they contacted the men. “During the investigation, officers located and seized three firearms in the area where the suspects were contacted by police,” Burley said. “At the original call location, officers located evidence of gunfire; however, there were no reports of injuries or property damage as a result of this shooting.”

Two men were taken into custody.

Returning to jail is parolee Bennie Gene London, age 21.

21-year-old Bennie Gene London was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on July 5 at 1:51 a.m. on a Post-Prison Supervision Violation Warrant, in connection with a previous conviction of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. After his arraignment later that day the Multnomah County Court judge ordered that London be held at MCDC without bail.

24-year-old Shakor Shovontae Holiday is also accused violating his parole.

And, 24-year-old Shakor Shovontae Holiday was lodged at MCDC, also on July 5 at 1:51 a.m., on a Post-Prison Supervision Violation Warrant in connection with a previous conviction of Burglary in the First Degree. The judge ordered that Holiday also be held without bail at MCDC.

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