PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In what Portland police called “another busy night of shooting events,” 3 people were wounded in Northeast Portland’s Parkrose neighborhood in the early hours of Thursday.
This shooting at 1:38 a.m. was one of 7 shootings in the city within an 11-hour span.
Gunfire rang out at NE 111th and Sandy Boulevard but by the time police arrived the victims weren’t there. A little later the 3 people — 2 men and a woman — went to a local hospital for treatment. Authorities said one of them was seriously hurt, the others had minor injuries.
In the hours before that, PPB officers responded to 6 other shootings:
- 2:40p.m., someone fired a shot into the air in the 4400 block of NE Cully Boulevard
- 9:08p.m., shots were heard in the 3100 block of SE 136th Avenue. Officers found evidence of gunfire but didn’t find anyone injured
- 9:56p.m., shots were heard in the 100 block of SE 146th Avenue. Officers found a victim had been assaulted in an apartment but not hit by a bullet. A woman was detained
- 11:13p.m., shots were heard at NE 8th Avenue and Tillamook Street. Police found evidence of gunfire and learned two vehicles were driving through while occupants may have shot at each other
- 12:52a.m., shots were heard in 3100 block of SE 136th Avenue. Gunfire evidence was found but no strikes
- 12:59a.m., police went to the 12000 block of NE Thompson Street and found evidence that multiple guns had been fired. Three occupied houses were struck by bullets, including one with 2 children inside. A bullet pierced the bedroom of another house while a couple was sleeping. And 3 cars were also struck by gunfire.
Bullets also struck a bedroom door at Whitney Fabrizio’s home in the Parkrose neighborhood. Fabrizio was at work when the shooting happened but her roommate was asleep in the bedroom that was struck.
“My roommate in this room woke up screaming because she thought someone was banging on the door but it was really just a bullet ricocheting back and forth,” Fabrizio said.
A car parked in front of her house also had four bullet holes: one in the back windshield, two in the front windshield and one in the side.
“I guess I felt safe until last night — kinda rethinking some things,” she said. “I keep thinking, there were kids in that other house, I’m just so glad no one was hurt, I’m just really grateful.”
DeeDee Mcelhaney has lived in the Parkrose neighborhood for 7 years. She spoke with KOIN 6 News about the gunfire on NE Thompson Street.
“I think it’s really scary they’re getting closer and closer to our house all the time,” she said. “We hear gunshots all the time.”
DeeDee said they heard between 15 and 20 shots early Thursday morning. Another neighbor, Steph Yukick, said it sounded like a “fully automatic” weapon going off. He’s lived in the Parkrose neighborhood for 42 years and said he hears gunfire on a weekly basis now.
“Years ago, you would’ve been up thinking about it all night and we’re like ‘oh, that was gunshots’ and we go back to bed and you know, that’s not right,” she said.
DeeDee’s son, Kelton Mcelhaney, said he constantly worries about the uptick in gun violence in the area and doesn’t want his mom to go for walks alone. DeeDee said she sometimes sees police patrolling the neighborhood but they are few and far between. She said recent cuts to the bureau’s budget have simply left the force depleted and spread too thin. DeeDee wants Portland leaders to know the city needs its officers.
“We need the police presence, we need to clean up our streets to protect our citizens,” she said. “Those of us who have no reason to be involved in any kind of violence are now becoming victims of violence.”
“We need help — try to do the best you can to decrease the gun violence and increase the police activity around here,” said Kelton. “We need them to patrol to keep us safe.”
Another Parkrose resident who wanted to remain anonymous told KOIN 6 News officers arrived within a few minutes after the shots were fired early Thursday morning. When asked what she thought about the city dissolving its Gun Violence Reduction Team in 2020, she said, “I think gangs are a reality here in Portland and I think we need particular officers addressing that issue and it makes me sad.”
There were 890 shootings in the city of Portland in 2020 — by far a record — and dramatically up from 393 the year before.
Through January 12, there had already been 32 shootings in the city.
KOIN 6 News will have more information later.