PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Two people were arrested after reportedly firing dozens of gunshots in an early Friday morning shooting in the Old Town neighborhood, Portland Police Bureau said.
Just after 2 a.m., Portland police responded to the reported shooting along Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street where officers found 88 bullet casings.
PPB said 29-year-old Travis Antonio Gaters III and 24-year-old Tamarjay Deshowan Polk were arrested.
No injuries were reported, however officials noted damage to parked vehicles and a vacant building.
Police said they seized two guns as evidence.
Business in the neighborhood say crime makes it costly to do business in Old-Town China Town with bullets flying through store fronts.
“We want people to be able to come here and experience Old Town and all it has to offer safely, so when these things happen it’s just gut wrenching. Because we don’t want to tell people everything is hunky dory here when it isn’t,” Elizabeth Nye of Lan Su Chinese Garden said.
Atwood Buckmaster, who manages a building near NW 4th Avenue and Davis, says the damage will cost upwards of $30,000 to repair, and he isn’t alone.
“The fence you see around the garden, for example, was a $55,000 investment,” Nye said.
The executive director of the Lan Su Chinese Garden says they have spent money on de-escalation training for staff, plus security during all operating hours.
“We’ve put in cameras, motion detectors, you name it we’ve done it,” Nye said.
But due to the persistent problems and perception of Old Town China Town, she says visitation to the garden hasn’t rebounded.
“So, we’ve had increase in cost and decrease in visitorship…and we’re holding off for now,” Nye explained.
This latest shooting comes after the Old Town Community Association finished its 90 day effort to clean up the graffiti, trash, and homelessness, which businesses say was a small victory.
“That was step one, now we need step two, step three, step four. It wasn’t a one and done, it was the start,” Nye said. “We need a comprehensive solution that is sustained to actually make a real difference here in Old Town.”
Businesses are calling on the city, county and state to bring the resources that are necessary to turn China Town around.