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Portland man faces 12 counts of attempted murder

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 40-count indictment — including 12 counts of attempted murder — were handed down against a 23-year-old Portland man for a series of crimes in December 2018 and January 2019.

John Coleman Hardaway Jr. was arrested in a traffic stop January 31 on a gun charge and resisting arrest. The gun found in the car he was driving, a Ruger P89 9mm handgun, was later linked by ballistics to a series of crimes, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said.

In March, a search warrant on Hardaway’s social media accounts found separate instances of pictures with Hardaway and a Ruger P89 handgun.

The DA said the investigation continued. He’s now accused in shootings from December 9, 2018 on NE Wygant, another shooting 6 days later near N. Newman and Trenton streets, and 3 shootings along N. Willis Boulevard and January 13, 15 and 23, 2019.

Tuesday the DA handed down the indictment for 5 separate shootings.

Hardaway is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder, 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 6 counts of being a felon in possession of a gun, 11 counts of reckless endangerment and one count for resisting arrest.

He’s expected to be arraigned June 19 at the Multnomah County Justice Center.

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