Bullet hits sleeping child’s bed in SE Portland

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Photos released by the PPB showed bullet holes in the child's mattress and pillow

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Bullets hit a home in Southeast Portland’s Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood early Friday morning and one passed through the bed of a sleeping child, police said.

Officers responded to the shooting just after 3 a.m. The Portland Police Bureau said at least eight bullets hit a house in the 6700 block of SE 66th Avenue.

Two adults and two kids, ages 13 and 12, were inside the home at the time. One of the bullets struck the bed where the 12-year-old boy was asleep, police said. Photos released by the PPB showed bullet holes in the child’s mattress and pillow.

No one was hurt.

“It’s pretty scary, this neighborhood is a pretty rough neighborhood,” said Tamara Adams, who grew up in the area. “To hear that there’s some kids involved — that kids could’ve been hurt — that’s pretty scary for us because all of our family lives around here; our kids, our grandkids.”

Adams said if it were her family, she would be packing her bags to move away.

Police said they have no suspect information. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Enhanced Community Safety Team by emailing crimetips@portlandoregon.gov or calling 503.823.0400. Please reference case number 21-51891.

Anonymous tips can also be sent online through Crime Stoppers.

This marks the third time KOIN 6 has reported on stray bullets entering a child’s bedroom since Jan. 1.

Police said there have already been 166 shootings that left 10 people dead and 51 injured in Portland in 2021, compared to 85 shootings that left one person dead and 24 wounded by this time in 2020.

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