PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police said they responded to six shootings on Thursday night. At least three people were injured in these shootings.
Thursday night, a 17-year-old boy was “seriously injured” after being shot near George Middle School in North Portland, police said. Some neighbors who live near the most recent shootings said they are concerned for their young children.
“It makes me reconsider where we’re living, is it time to relocate,” said David, who lives near where the North Portland shooting occurred.
The latest numbers released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office show gun-related violence is continuing to rise exponentially.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced his office is prosecuting 36 separate gun violence-related crimes that happened in February.
Two of the cases are homicide-related investigations, while five are domestic violence-related. Nearly half involve felons in possession of a firearm.
In comparison, there were 28 gun violence-related crimes in February 2020 and 11 cases in February 2019. There were only six in February 2018.
In January alone, there were eight homicide cases and 71 weapon law violations, according to data from the Multnomah County DA’s office; meanwhile in January 2020, there were 65 weapon law violations and one homicide.
Portland Police announced Friday that they would be sending sending out an additional eight officers this weekend from the Enhanced Community Safety Team respond more efficiently to shooting calls.