NE Portland’s Parkrose neighborhood sees 2 deadly shootings in 1 day

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Gunfire was reported in the 4700 block of NE 111th Avenue

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A shooting in Northeast Portland’s Parkrose neighborhood left one person dead and another injured Thursday night — the area’s second deadly shooting of the day.

Gunfire was reported in the 4700 block of NE 111th Avenue at about 7:45 p.m., according to the Portland Police Bureau. Upon arrival, officers found two people with gunshot wounds. They later confirmed one victim had succumbed to the injuries.

Jimmy Lee Melton in an undated Oregon driver’s license photo. He was shot to death in the Parkrose neighborhood on October 1, 2020

Jimmy Lee Melton — known as Jamie to his friends — was identified publicly on October 8. He was 52.

NE 111th was closed from NE Sandy Boulevard to NE Wygant Street for an investigation. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the PPB at 503.823.3333. 

This was the second shooting in the area within the same day — however, police have not confirmed any connection between the two.

Portland police were called to the scene at Northeast 111th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. After arriving, officers found one person who was declared dead.

While KOIN 6 News was on the scene, the victim’s family and friends began to arrive. They set up a vigil for the person shot and killed.

One woman, Latonya Streeter, told KOIN 6 she is the victim’s aunt-in-law. She identified him as Michael Epps, although the police have not officially confirmed the victim’s identity or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“A lot of people didn’t know the Michael we knew… not just [him] being charismatic and handsome and funny — but he was articulated, he was educated,” Streeter said.

His aunt tells us drugs and crime are plaguing these streets, saying the shooting was the result of some type of drug-involved misunderstanding.

“This addiction on methamphetamines is killing our people,” she said. “When I say our people, I’m not talking about black people, white people — I’m talking about the human race.”

As for the rest of the victim’s family, they say they miss him already.

We’ve reached out to police for more information about what’s going on here with the gun violence. Meanwhile, both shootings remain under investigation.

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