PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - Shots rang out in the Lents Neighborhood near the intersection of SE 101st Avenue and Pardee Street overnight, with at least one person being taken to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound.
Authorities believe this shooting is gang related. This is the fifth Portland-area shooting believed to be gang related in the past month alone.
Portland Police were called to the neighborhood after 1:22 a.m. Sunday morning for shots being fired and a short time later a call came in of a shooting victim being taken to a nearby hospital.
Sgt. Pete Simpson said the victim is a male in his late-teens or early-20s with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
The area was blocked off for several hours as the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team investigated. Anyone with information about this shooting can call the Gang Enforcement Team at 503.823.4106.
This shooting is the latest in a string of gang-related shootings across North, Northeast and Southeast Portland over the past few weeks.
Just this past weekend, cops blocked off a North Portland neighborhood after an underage girl and a 19-year-old man were wounded in a shootout.
More than a dozen shots were fired. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Two weekends ago, 15-year-old Abukar Madey was shot and killed at the Holgate MAX station.
"They have heartbroken," Madey's mother told KOIN 6 News about having to tell her other children. "I have a 17-year-old; she cannot understand the situation ... she cannot understand."
Madey was found on the stairs leading up to the MAX platform. Another victim, with known Hispanic street-gang ties, was found near the intersection of SE 92nd Avenue and Holgate.
Eighteen-year-old Silvano Velasquez was arrested and charged in that shooting.
On Oct. 1 a drive-by shooting in Northeast Portland left no injuries, but officers found several bullet casings on the ground. The shooters crashed their car, and then ran from scene.
Finally, nearly a month ago, a 15-year-old boy was shot in his Northeast Portland apartment.
Police say they don't think the teen was part of a gang -- but was just unlucky enough to be on the ground floor below an apartment where gang members live. The injured teen survived. Police still do not have a suspect.
Sunday morning's shooting also tallies up to be at least the 25th gang-related shooting over the past six months in the Portland area. That's nearly double the number it was by this time last year.
-- KOIN reporters Chris Holmstrom and Joel Iwanaga contributed information used in this report.
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