Car riddled with bullets in Gresham, 2 teens wounded


One was taken to a trauma hospital for treatment

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Two teens in a car were shot in a Gresham neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, then drove about a mile to the parking lot of a fast food restaurant when they stopped to call for help.

Gunfire erupted around near SE 9th Street and SE Liberty Avenue about 2 p.m. A resident in the neighborhood, Jerry (who asked that his last name not be used for safety reasons) said he was about 30 to 40 yards away when the bullets flew.

“I heard pop pop pop pop,” he told KOIN 6 News. He said he looked out the window but didn’t realized what was happening until police officers showed up and taped off part of his street.

“I didn’t even think gun shots, absolutely not. It happened right here and I didn’t think gun shots,” he said.

Evidence markers littered the street as investigators scoured the crime scene. “Those were not all the casings,” Jerry said. “There was more casings than what you saw there.”

Some but not all of the evidence markers where bullet casings were found after a shooting that wounded 2 teens in a car near SE 9th and Liberty in Gresham, September 8, 2021 (KOIN)

Police taped off the street where shattered glass and more than a dozen shell casings were clearly visible. Stray bullets hit one of the homes in the neighborhood, KOIN 6 News learned.

Gresham officers were also called to a Carl’s Jr. restaurant about a mile away, near Burnside and Division. That’s where the 2 teenage victims, in the car riddled with bullets, stopped to call for help.

Though the exact conditions and ages of the teens has not been disclosed, authorities said they are expected to recover.

The only suspect information is someone driving off in a tan, 4-door older model car.

This is the latest in a series of shootings in the Gresham area.

Earlier this week, shots rang out on NE 178th. Two weeks ago, Seneca Xavier Alexander was shot and killed near 182nd and Division. He was 17.

A few weeks before that, Anthoney LaRay Barber was gunned down near 181st and Halsey.

The investigation into the shooting of the teens remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Gresham PD.

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