‘We need help’: Neighbors demand response to street racing

Crime

There is no suspect information at this time

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In the wake of Sunday night’s shooting surrounding an illegal street racing event, businesses and neighbors in a North Portland neighborhood demand a stronger police response.

The often nightly racing takes place in an industrial area ooff North Ramsey Boulevard. Big crowds have regularly been seen throughout the summer at the races. The Portland Police Bureau said the illegal gatherings frequently result in vehicles losing control, property being damaged and spectators getting injured.

However, PPB said the ongoing protests in Downtown Portland have diminished the number of available officers to be dispatched to the area.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Skye Holmes, a concerned community member. “We need our police. We need them to protect not just the people downtown, but all of us in Multnomah County.”

Skye Holmes is a concerned citizen upset over ongoing street racing in North Portland, August 24, 2020 (KOIN)

Business owners and employees on North Ramsey Boulevard said they plan to plead their case for more police help at the next city council meeting.

2 shot at illegal street racing event

Two people were shot during an illegal street racing incident in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood on Sunday night.

Police say the shooting occurred near the 9000 Block of North Ramsey Boulevard shortly before 9:30 p.m. As officers were on their way to respond to the incident, they learned the victims were in two private vehicles on their way to the hospital. Authorities coordinated to meet one of the cars about halfway, in order to then rush the victim to the hospital by ambulance.

The victim who was picked up by the ambulance was stable, however police do not know his current condition. The second victim reportedly suffered a non-life threatening gunshot to his leg.

A bullet hole inside a building around Marine Drive and Lombard in North Portland after gunfire took place during a street racing event, August 24, 2020 (Courtesy: Dan Legree)

The victim who was picked up by the ambulance was stable, however police do not know his current condition. The second victim reportedly suffered a non-life threatening gunshot to his leg.

There is no suspect information at this time. Police said possibly hundreds of people were at the street racing event when the shooting happened and ask anyone who was a witness or has any information about the incident to call non-emergency dispatch at 503.823.3333, or e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 20-260905.

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