Man nearly killed by stray bullet while sleeping

Crime

The bullet narrowly missed the man's head and was recovered from his pillow

A stray bullet injured a sleeping man in his bed in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, October 30, 2021 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was nearly killed after a stray bullet pierced his bedroom wall and grazed his shoulder early Saturday morning in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, police said.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers responded to a shooting around 1:48 a.m. near the intersection of Southeast Powell Boulevard and 130th Avenue. When they arrived, they found a man with a minor injury to his shoulder.

Police said he had been sleeping when a bullet penetrated his bedroom wall, went through the headboard and missed his head narrowly. The bullet slug was recovered from the man’s pillow.

At least five other bullets hit the house, and another struck a parked car out front, PPB said.

Although the victim was not taken to the hospital, police said had the shot been on a slightly different path, he could have been fighting for his life.

A stray bullet injured a sleeping man in his bed in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, October 30, 2021 (KOIN)

Investigators said they believe the shots were fired from at least one car which was a full block away from the house. They do not believe the man was “the intended target.”

There were no arrests or other injuries reported.

Authorities asked anyone with information to contact them at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 21-303573.

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