PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Five different shootings occurred across Portland Saturday night but no arrests have been made.
These shootings all happened within a 4-hour time frame, spread out from north to southeast parts of the city. The first call came in around 9:15 and the last at 1 a.m. One man was injured and cars were damaged from stray bullets. Police say there’s no indication they’re connected but they are concerning, nonetheless.
“First of all, we don’t want it so seem like it’s an up-tick in activity or some kind of a rash of shootings,” said Sgt. Kevin Allen with the Portland Police Bureau. “We think it’s a coincidence that all this happened over the course of one night, but certainly it is concerning.”
The first of the calls came in at 9:15 after a man’s car was struck while he was sitting inside of it at Southeast 72nd Avenue and Southeast Duke Street. He wasn’t hurt, but his car was hit more than once.
The next incident—also involving a car—was reported just a half-hour later. A driver in the St. Johns neighborhood was shot at after passing by a person in the street trying to flag him down. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.
Later on in the night at 11:15, a pedestrian found evidence of gunfire near the 6400 block of Northeast Columbia Boulevard. No suspects or victims were found and detectives are not clear on when the shots were actually fired.
The first suspect of the night appeared around 11:30 when an officer watched a driver flee from a shooting at Northeast 130th Place and Prescott Drive. The officer attempted to stop the car, but the suspect got out and ran. Police could not find him despite searching.
“I heard a guy yell, like two yells, and didn’t think much of it. Then I heard shots—like six shots,” said resident Pat Feeny. “It’s scary to know that he’s out and around.”
No one was injured but a townhouse was struck by bullets. Celi Cortez was home when shots rang out on Prescott. A black patch now covers the bullet hole near a neighboring door.
“Where the bullet hit last night in the neighbor’s door—I stand there all the time. One [bullet] hit the door, another hit the stairwell on the side,” said Cortez. “It could have been any one of us.”
The final shooting happened less than two hours later at 1 a.m. A suspect fired shots into the air after getting into an argument in the Kenton neighborhood at North Interstate Avenue and Denver Avenue. No injuries were reported.
These shootings come on the heels of a neighborhood meeting in Lents earlier this week, with neighbors asking what they city and police were doing about gun violence. Police told neighbors they were planning to be more present in the neighborhoods where the violence has increased.
Anyone with any information on these shootings is urged to call investigators at 503.823.4106 or submit an anonymous tip.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this developing story.
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