Woman murdered, kids wounded, in Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting

Week #85 Shooting Report | The grim, deadly statistics of shootings and homicides keep rising for outer East Portland. Read all about it here, including Mayor Ted Wheeler’s public response to the violence in his city …

Again this week, a shooting kills yet another a person in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood – and officers investigate as bullets fly in Pleasant Valley, Centennial, and Mill Park.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It was the shooting this week in Normandale Park, in the Rose City Park neighborhood – among other shootings – that prompted the Portland Commissioner of Police, Mayor Ted Wheeler, to hold his first press conference of 2022 to address the mayhem caused, almost nightly, by people with guns.

More about that, further down the page. But first, here’s what’s known about the Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting homicide – the second deadly shooting in as many weeks –  and other shooting incidents, as well as our weekly ‘SHOTS FIRED LOG’.

Woman dies, man and two children wounded, in Powellhurst-Gilbert attack

This wasn’t a traffic smashup; officers soon realized they were faced with a shooting homicide, and two wounded children.

On February 20, a day after and 8.1 miles away from the well-reported Normandale Park shooting, a fusillade of bullets were fired front of the Foster Plaza Apartments, ripping through a vehicle, and punching through residential walls.

At first, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct units were dispatched at 10:37 p.m. on an “Accident-with Injury” call to the 12800 block of SE Foster Road. As officers responded, dispatchers updated the call, reporting both “Shots Fired” in the area, and a car that had been the target of shooters.

It was believed that the auto was about to turn into the apartment complex parking lot from eastbound SE Foster Road at the time of the attack.

A SUV, apparently turning into this apartment complex, with the target of one or more shooters.

“Arriving officers found that the four occupants of the car had been shot,” a PPB official confirmed. “An adult female in the car was deceased. An adult male and two children were wounded, and taken to a local hospital.”

The kids, said to be in “stable condition”, were riding in car seats; the 1-year-old was reportedly wounded in the arm and the 5-year-old was struck in the leg. The man with them is in critical condition.

PPB Homicide Division detectives took command of the crime scene, and began the investigation.

Killed in the vehicle was 25-year-old Adau G. Duop. Family-provided photo

On February 24, officials say 25-year-old Adau G. Duop of Portland had been identified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office as the woman who died that night. An autopsy determined that she died from “homicide by gunshot wound”.

At that time, the wounded man was still in the hospital, but his condition was upgraded to “serious”, and he is expected to survive. The children have been released from the hospital.

A residents say bullets came penetrated the wall of their apartment, and into an unoccupied bedroom.

So far, no suspect information has been released, and officials say that this remains an active homicide investigation. If you have information about this incident, contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-0466, or, Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-0889. This is Case No. 22-48396.

Shooting calls bring police to Pleasant Valley, Centennial, and Mill Park

At these shootings, officers found evidence of gunfire – including spent bullet shell casings.

Within 24 hours, officers were sent on multiple shooting calls, many of them outside our area. Here are four bona-fide, outer East Portland shooting incidents.

February 18
Paintball shooting, in Lents

At 10:35 a.m., officers were called to the intersection of SE 91st Avenue and Foster Road. “A victim was shot with a paintball, causing a welt; but was not taken to a hospital,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen. He added that the suspect has not been located. This is Case No. 22-46101 

February 18
Vehicle shot up in Pleasant Valley

At 2:55 a.m., East Precinct Officers were sent to a call regarding a shooting in the area of SE Ramona Street between 123rd and 124th Streets. “Officers located evidence of shooting at the scene, as well as a vehicle – which was identified as stolen – that was struck several times,” Sergeant Allen told East Portland News. This is Case No. 22-45855.

February 18
Car prowlers shoot at Centennial neighbors

At 3:40 a.m., East officers were dispatched to a dead-end street on the east side of Powell Butte in the 16000 Block of SE Crest Court. A neighbor told officers that he’d confronted car prowlers, and they shot at him. Upon arrival, officers confirmed that the caller’s vehicle, a 2019 Alfa Romero, had a bullet hole in it. This is Case No. Case # 22-45877.

February 19
Victim shot in Mill Park

An ambulance takes a wounded shooting victim to a local hospital.

At 3:42 a.m. East Precinct officers were called to area of SE Division Street and 125th Avenue, looking for a reported shooting victim. “Officers found the crime scene, but found the shooting victim 15 blocks to the west, along SE Divsion Street, near 110th Avenue,” Sergeant Allen said. “Officers applied tourniquets to the victim, who was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.”
No arrests have been made in this case; however, the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) has begun an investigation regarding this shooting. This is Case No. 22-46905 

If you have information about these shootings, e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov  and provide the “Case No.”


Although outer East Portland is “down” just one “Shots Fired” call from last week, with 42 incidents reported this week, such calls skyrocketed across other parts of our city. Not all calls actually result in officers finding evidence of shooting.

Incident No.     Date           Time          Location__________________

February 16
22-44560         02/16/2022 19:54:11   2700 Block of SE 141ST AVE

22-44562         02/16/2022 20:01:02   4700 Block of NE 111TH AVE
22-44626         02/16/2022 21:26:42   100 Block of NE 147TH AVE
22-44850         02/17/2022 04:36:10   8800 Block of SE FLAVEL ST

February 17
22-45703         02/17/2022 21:53:51   16100 Block of NE SANDY BLVD

February 18
22-45802         02/18/2022 00:34:17   1200 Block of NE 102ND AVE

22-45839         02/18/2022 02:11:43   2200 Block of NE 102ND AVE
22-45855         02/18/2022 02:56:59   12600 Block of SE REEDWAY ST
22-45877         02/18/2022 03:40:18   16500 Block of SE CREST CT
22-45890         02/18/2022 04:14:08   SE 174TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
22-46339         02/18/2022 15:07:12   SE 82ND AVE / SE CRYSTAL SPRINGS BLVD
22-07453         02/18/2022 22:50:32   SE JENNE RD / SE JENNE LN
22-46765         02/18/2022 23:52:41   5300 Block of NE 60TH AVE

February 19
22-46779         02/19/2022 00:10:58   1700 Block of NE 82ND AVE

22-46886         02/19/2022 03:02:18   SE 136TH AVE / SE CLINTON ST
22-47439         02/19/2022 18:43:18   11400 Block of NE KLICKITAT ST
22-47542         02/19/2022 22:32:06   4200 Block of SE 91ST AVE
22-47602         02/19/2022 23:23:37   SE 58TH AVE / SE RAYMOND ST

February 20
22-47687         02/20/2022 02:18:28   SE STARK ST / SE 122ND AVE

22-06419         02/20/2022 03:47:19   900 Block of NE 172ND AVE
22-47720         02/20/2022 03:55:42   3200 Block of NE ROCKY BUTTE RD
22-48149         02/20/2022 16:52:51   2600 Block of SE 136TH AVE
22-47439         02/19/2022 18:43:18   11400 Block of NE KLICKITAT ST
22-48328         02/20/2022 21:08:34   200 Block of NE 103RD AVE
22-48372         02/20/2022 22:08:58   NE 112TH AVE / NE FREMONT CT
22-48408         02/20/2022 22:53:18   2200 Block of NE 82ND AVE
22-48415         02/20/2022 23:12:31   1500 Block of NE 92ND AVE
22-48390         02/20/2022 23:12:48   8300 Block of SE TAYLOR CT

February 21
22-48452         02/21/2022 00:11:26   NE 60TH AVE / NE GLISAN ST

22-48499         02/21/2022 01:34:26   SE 128TH AVE / SE FOSTER RD
22-48819         02/21/2022 12:42:48   2600 Block of SE 136TH AVE
22-49107         02/21/2022 18:51:09   3800 Block of NE 82ND AVE
22-49178         02/21/2022 20:34:05   SE 137TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-49280         02/21/2022 23:01:15   SE 84TH AVE / SE DUKE ST

February 22
22-49359         02/22/2022 01:34:11   NE 82ND AVE / NE BROADWAY

22-49988         02/22/2022 17:30:13   13200 Block of SE CENTER ST
22-50021         02/22/2022 18:14:12   4800 Block of SE 63RD AVE
22-50088         02/22/2022 19:43:44   SE GLADSTONE DR/GLADSTONE ST
22-50094         02/22/2022 19:53:31   8700 Block of SE FLAVEL ST

22-50122         02/22/2022 20:42:05   3800 Block of NE 82ND AVE
22-50237         02/22/2022 23:44:28   SE HARNEY ST / SE 82ND AVE

February 23
22-50261         02/23/2022 00:32:50   8300 Block of SE CLAY ST

Mayor Wheeler hosts ‘gun violence’
press conference

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler kicks off his online press conference to answer questions about shootings in Portland.

On February 22 at 10:30 a.m. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler convened an online press event to which 76 news sources – including a reporter from the New York Times – was invited.

“I am grieving for those who been impacted by this weekend’s events,” Mayor Wheeler began. “I also want to convey my steadfast, and my urgent determination, to find those who are responsible, and to bring them to justice to end this cycle of violence. We created the [PPB] Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECIT), a group of select on-call officers who provide rapid response to gun violence.

“We’ve also started the [PPB] Focused Intervention Team that is actively investigating gun-related crimes,” Wheeler continued. “This newly assembled team is our best defense at preventing and investigating gun violence from a law enforcement perspective.

“These go along significant investments we’ve made in the community through our Office of Violence Prevention,” Wheeler went on. “We’ve funded the expansion of 311 to reduce the wait time in call volume at 911. This directs non-emergency calls away from 911 so the police officers can focus on emergencies, like these.

“We have expanded Portland Street Response and Public Safety Specialists to make sure we’re sending the right help to the right call. We are actively working to recruit and retrain our best officers to better protect Portlanders; I set a goal to hire 300 [additional] police staff over the next three years, to get closer to minimum staffing levels at the Portland Police Bureau.

“My administration will continue to lead, and prioritize public safety, and we are not going to stop until peace returns to Portland.”

He thanked his “colleagues” at the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Patrol, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and the FBI “for recognizing the urgency and agreeing to meet with me this morning.”

Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell tells how he feels about the shootings in the city.

It was then time for Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell to speak.

“This is one of the most deadly and challenging weekends that our city has experienced. It’s also one of the most heartbreaking. People are dead, people are injured, lives are destroyed over senseless violence.

“Little kids injured by gunfire is especially heartbreaking to me, and to everyone, I am sure,” Lovell continued. The Chief added that PPB is offering overtime to both ECIT and FIT officers to help facilitate the investigation of the shootings.

Their office is focusing on “gun violence” says U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Scott Erik Asphaug.

When it was his turn, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Scott Erik Asphaug, stepped forward: “This has rededicated our efforts to focus on ‘gun violence’. We have added a specific team of assistant US Attorneys whose focus is gun crimes in the Metro Portland area.”

Asphaug predicted, “The consequences of state or a federal conviction will make some people think twice, before resorting to gun violence.”

During the Question & Answer period, reporters pressed officials for more information about the shootings that took place over the previous week. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigations, the replies were limited to what had already revealed in press releases.

A reporter asked, “Where is the leadership in our city, and we’re not talking about one or two shootings, but instead, a long list of incidents – where’s the leadership?”

He’s provided strong leadership, when it comes to public safety, says Mayor Wheeler.

Mayor Wheeler took the question, noting that these “shootings are horrific, and they’re all tragic, and they’re all profoundly impact families and loved ones.”

After confessing his “profound sense of sadness”, Wheeler recapitulated how he, as Portland’s Mayor, has pressed for increased funding, provided funds to “community organizations”, and oversaw adding specialty units to the Portland Police Bureau.

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At least one such PPB unit has quickly distinguished itself on the streets of outer East Portland – the Focused Intervention Team, CLICK HERE to see some of their successes in February, 2022.

We look hopefully for further efforts that have some effect in reducing the rampant gun-related crimes occurring every day here.

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