Two shootings and two wounded this week

Week #176 Shooting Report | INCLUDES SHOOTING INVESTIGATION VIDEO | A shooting in Centennial, and another in a transient camp along I-205 in Powellhurst-Gilbert, injured people in outer East Portland this week …

This shooting, in the Rosewood district of the Centennial neighborhood – and another in Powellhurst-Gilbert – bring Portland Police officers out to investigate.

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October 22
Shooting at Centennial apartment complex injures one

In the parking lot of an outer East Portland apartment complex, marked off by crime scene tape, officers investigate a shooting that injured a man.

After gunshots were heard in the parking lot of the Spruce Park Apartments, at 650 SE 162nd Avenue, on Sunday evening, October 22, multiple calls to the 9-1-1 Center reported another shooting.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched at 8:57 p.m. – and an ambulance arrived there at 9:07 p.m.

Officers discuss evidence they’ve found while investigating the shooting.

“I live here, almost directly across the street, and I heard five shots – rapid fire,” a neighbor told East Portland News at the scene. “I checked my video surveillance cameras, but didn’t see anything suspicious.”

Eastward from SE 162nd Avenue, along the driveway, filled with PPB vehicles; eleven officers were either standing guard at the scene or gathering evidence and investigating.

Two yellow evidence markers covered spent bullet shell casings officers found – labeled #2 and #3.

Watch, as this shooting investigation gets underway:

It must have been “trash night” at the apartment complex, because several residents casually took their garbage bags out to dumpsters on the property as the investigation proceeded.

Evidence markers, one just under a parked car, and another in the center of the driveway, show where officers found spent bullet casings.

“Officers responded to reports of a shooting at this location,” confirmed PPB Public Information Manager Mike Benner, who was formerly a reporter with KGW-TV 8 News.

“And, officers found an adult male injured; those injuries appear not to be life-threatening.” No arrests have been made in the case.

If you have more information about this shooting incident, please e-mail and refer to Case No. 23-277192.

October 24
Shooting at Powellhurst-Gilbert MUP encampment ‘self-inflicted’

Officers and members of the PPB’s Focused Intervention Team investigate a shooting at a camp located above SE Powell Boulevard.

As heavy rain squalls rolled across outer East Portland on Tuesday evening, October 24, PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched at 6:45 p.m. to a “Shooting-with Weapon” call near SE Powell Boulevard and the northwestern area of its intersection with Interstate 205.

After an officer hiked up the I-205 Multi-Use Path (MUP) and radioed for backup, other officers – including those attached to the PPB’s Focused Intervention Team (FIT) – drove their SUVs from the north along the MUP, from the SE Powell Boulevard TriMet MAX Light Rail Station, to reach the scene.

Up along the upper levels of the I-205 MUP, officers are investigating the shooting in this encampment.

Arriving to report the story, we saw that a significant transient encampment was visible at the top of the MUP, alongside the MAX Light Rail Line tracks. With campers milling about, it seemed best to keep out of the way of the investigating officers. However, even at a distance, it was clear that nine PPB officers had responded to the incident at that location.

Driving carefully to avoid the tents erected along the MUP over SE Powell Boulevard, officers park near the camp where the shooting took place.

“Officers who responded to reports of ‘shots fired’ located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound, and determined the injuries were likely self-inflicted,” the PPB’s Benner told East Portland News. “The wounded man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.”

If you have information about this shooting incident, and haven’t spoken with investigators, e-mail it, Attn FIT, and refer to Case No. 23-278896.

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In past years, when summer swiftly turns to winter, shootings tend to decrease.

However, since we’ve last checked, there were 42 “Shots Fired” calls in outer East Portland. Stay safe.

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