Neighbors: SE Portland shooting was ‘bound to happen’

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Several streets are closed in Southeast Portland after a shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

Authorities tell KOIN 6 News the shooting happened near an RV near Southeast 10th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. Police are unsure whether the victim was homeless or if he was connected to the RV at the scene.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

No suspect information has been released. However, there are reports of a car being seen driving off after the shooting occurred.

People who live and work in the area tell KOIN 6 News they’ve had ongoing problems in this neighborhood — and they aren’t surprised something like this happened. 

One person says they often hear a lot of yelling, screaming and fighting coming from the numerous homeless camps in the area. 

“It’s a ticking time bomb. Something like this was bound to happen — probably will happen again, unless something changes,” Sami Khouri, a person who works in the area said. “But, it’s a nice neighborhood. It’s kind of sad to see it become like this.”

Neighbors say they continue to see more RVs and tents lining several blocks in the area, which makes it difficult to do business in the neighborhood, park on the street or even use the sidewalks. They said they’d like to see more resources going towards addressing the ongoing issues.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0889, or Detective William Winters William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0466.

This is a developing story.

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