PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two men were killed in separate shootings Wednesday in Portland’s Lents neighborhood and the suspects appeared to still be at large a day later.
The first shooting happened around 10 a.m. in the 8400 block of Southeast Ellis Street.
The first Portland police officers to arrive at the scene found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.
That man — who officers identified as 39-year-old James G. Richardson — was rushed to a nearby hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
Nine hours later, a second shooting less than a mile away left another man dead.
Officers said they found 34-year-old Robert Lewis IV dead at the scene near Southeast 93rd Avenue and Henry Street.
Authorities said the deadly shootings were not connected.
By Thursday afternoon, a small memorial had formed on the curb as the community tried to come to grips with the violence.
Fletcher Lanning, who lives near where Lewis was killed, said the neighborhood isn’t a stranger to trouble.
“The term ‘felony flats’ doesn’t come from nowhere,” he said.
Hollyanna McCollum, who also lives nearby, said the sound of gunfire is “not terribly uncommon around here.”
Neighbors said the street was also the scene of a drive-by shooting that damaged cars and killed a dog.
But despite the recent incidents, Lanning said he doesn’t want to leave the area.
“We’re just trying to all be kind to each other and support each other,” he said. “There are a lot of good things happening here and we’re just trying to do everything we can to make things better.”