PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police are investigating two homicides in northeast and southeast Portland from Monday night. KOIN 6 News spoke with police and witnesses to learn more.
In the case of the northeast Portland homicide, police were called to the Roseway neighborhood near McDaniel High School around 1:45 p.m. On the scene, officers found a man dead but they cannot confirm that death was caused by a shooting. Police said they have not made any arrests.
According to authorities, there were two scenes for the southeast Portland homicide. Police said they were called to a report of shots fired at Raymond Park around 10 p.m., and learned that a victim left the scene in a privately-owned car. Then, officers found a man dead inside a car at SE 122nd Avenue and SE Division Street. Police have not released any suspect information.
KOIN 6 News spoke with a woman, Bri, who says she heard the shooting.
“I was outside working and I heard like five gunshots and then I heard screaming,” Bri said. “We saw people on the ground, crying, screaming, there was a body in the road, with police cars surrounding. It was chaos.”
On Tuesday, police said there have been 42 homicides year to date. This violence is making the people KOIN 6 News talked to reconsider living in Portland.
Another witness, who wanted to remain anonymous for safety, told KOIN 6 News “gunshots are pretty common now.”
The witness added “this stuff happens all the time around here and it’s sad and worrisome. We had a talk last night about wanting to leave.”
According to police data, in 2021, Portland had a record 90 homicides, 49 of those were through the month of June.