Unwelcome consistency: Daily shootings continue across outer East Portland

Take a look at the astounding number of “Shots Fired” calls to which out Portland Police Bureau officers were called this week; two people were wounded …

Once again, officers are called Hazelwood, Mill Park, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Montavilla and Centennial neighborhoods to investigate even more outer East Portland shootings.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

With still no mitigation plan in place by Portland’s elected leaders, shootings continue in outer East Portland.  In fact, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers responded to no less than FIFTY-FOUR “Shots Fired” calls across our area just during the past week. At the same time, 36 additional “Shots Fired” calls were logged in the last seven days, in other areas of the city.

As we’ve pointed out, officers often don’t find “evidence of shooting” at many potential “Shots Fired” alarms to which they respond. Because people are on edge,  in many cases, someone slamming a door or setting off illegal fireworks will cause a resident, with nerves frayed by actually shooting incidents, to report shots to the 9-1-1 Center.

However, “These [incidents] bring the total to 129 verified shootings for the year 2021 in the City of Portland (not including suicide attempts),” said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen.

“Thirty-seven individuals have been shot and injured year-to-date,” he tallied. “For the year thus far, we are averaging just slightly over one person killed or injured by gunfire every day.”

First up, three verified shootings

When violent people begin shooting guns, officers come out to investigate.

Although no official information is has been made available about these three outer East Portland shooting this week, here is the basic information:

February 3
Hazelwood neighborhood shooting
Dispatched at 11:29 p.m.
NE 122nd Avenue at Oregon Street

February 5
Shooting on the border of the Mill Park and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood
Dispatched at 12:14 p.m.
SE Division Street at 121st Avenue

February 5
Shooting victim enters Adventist Medical Center
Dispatched at 6:13 p.m.

Major incident on February 6
Man critically injured in Centennial shooting, and car crash

Both law enforcement officers and emergency medical first responders help a man who was shot while driving, and crashed his vehicle, near the eastern border of outer East Portland.

Several neighbors who heard gunshots, followed by a vehicle crash, near Lynchwood Park in the Centennial neighborhood on February 6, called the 9-1-1 Center that evening.

PPB East Precinct officers were who were dispatched to SE 170th Avenue and Haig Street found both a vehicle crashed into a RV, and a wounded man. “The vehicle crashed into an unoccupied travel trailer; medical personnel determined that the driver had sustained a gunshot wound,” Sgt. Allen reported. “The shooting victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he is in critical condition.”

The following day, the car that smashed into this travel trailer had been removed, but the totaled RV remained parked next to Lynchwood Park.

Although it was unoccupied at the time of the crash, the travel trailer was demolished when it was hit. Its owner, Jessica Peterson, told reporters that the car had gone right through what she used as her bedroom. “Now, I’m homeless,” Peterson sadly said.

No suspect information has been released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0457 or Detective Jennifer Hertzler Jennifer.Hertzler@portlandoregon.gov or503-823-1040. Mention that this is Case No. 21-34419.

Major incident on February 8
Domestic dispute leads to Montavilla shooting

A “Domestic Disturbance” call turns into a shooting investigation, in Montavilla.

This incident started as a “Disturbance” call in the Montavilla neighborhood, a block west of the I-205 Freeway, along NE 94th Avenue – a block north of Glisan Street – on  the evening of February 8.

At 10:54 p.m. PPB East Precinct officers were sent to investigate. “Officers learned that a suspect inside the residence had shot a firearm at another person inside; but, no one was seriously injured,” a Portland Police spokesperson reported.

Police recovered two firearms as evidence, and PPB Family Services Division detectives took over the investigation.

Facing four Felony charges in this shooting incident is 38-year-old Jubal Drake Culver. MCDC booking photo

Officers arrested 38-year-old Jubal Drake Culver, and booked in into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on February 9 at 4:20 a.m. on two counts of Domestic Violence, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Discharge of a Firearm.

At his arraignment, Culver learned he’d face four Felony charges: one count of Assault II – Domestic Violence, Assault III – Domestic Violence, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Culver remains in MCDC in lieu of $275,000 combined bail.

It’s another week with outer East Portland held at gunpoint. Sadly, we’ll probably have more of the same to report next week.

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