PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was asleep at his home in Northeast Portland Saturday night when he thought he heard fireworks.
“I didn’t think nothing of it, I thought it was fireworks and then when the cops came and investigated making sure nothing was hit and they saw a shot hit my wall in my room,” said a man named D’Androse. “I just thought it was fireworks and people were starting early. It was actually a gunshot.”
There were a lot of gunshots. Multiple people called police reporting gunshots around 9 p.m. in the area of NE 7th Avenue and Wygant Street. When officers arrived they found the ground littered with over 80 cartridge casings.
Any suspects fled the area before police arrived.
“The one that woke me up was the one that hit my room, hit my wall and hit my mattress,” D’Androse told KOIN 6 News.
At least four vehicles were hit by gunfire. Four apartments were struck as well, including some with people inside. Somehow, no one in those apartments was hurt.
One of those whose car was shot is Lucas Rodgers. He was in Bend for the weekend and came back to find his car was shot up.
“Six total bullets,” he said. “One went through the engine.”
He said he realized the shooting was “across from an elementary school, and I guess I shouldn’t have parked here.”
Rodgers said the incident isn’t “the end of the world but definitely not expecting to come back to this.”
One of the bullets “went into the mattress and I saw the hole in there and I flipped it over and the bullet fell out,” D’Androse said. “”I was asleep. It could have hit me in the head.”
He said he is “just glad everyone is safe and nobody got hurt.”
According to the Portland Police Bureau, there have been approximately 579 shooting incidents in Portland in 2021 — that’s more than double the number during the same time in 2020.
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