PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One person is dead and two others critically wounded after a shooting in Southeast Portland early Sunday morning.
Just after 4 a.m., Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct officers responded to reports of a shooting at the intersection of Southeast Foster Road and Southeast 86th Avenue.
Maddox Schlotte, who lives in the neighborhood, said she woke up when she heard “a bunch of gunshots” around 4:20 a.m. Then she heard sirens “and then there was, like, officers screaming.”
“We were hearing was just the noises of yelling, a little bit of gunshots at that point,” she told KOIN 6 News. “It was nerve-wracking.”
Schlotte heard the shots while her friends were visiting which made her concerned for their safety.
“My main worry was, because I have people over, which I need to get them in an area that’s safe,” she added.
Officers arrived and found three people with gunshot wounds, officials said. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene and the other two victims were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Detectives are now investigating this as a homicide.
Schlotte said hearing gunfire is not unusual.
“I’m kind of used to gunshots around here, but it’s usually, like, at the most it’d be, like, a one gunshot, like a pistol,” she said. “That’s, like, every few months.”
This is the 4th shooting in the last week and police officials said there have been more than 800 shootings so far in 2023.
Even though the pace of shootings is slower than the record set last year, Portland Police Association President Aaron Schmautz said it’s still about double the historical average.
“Officers are kind of running ragged and just trying to keep up with all the different issues that come up,” Schmautz told KOIN 6 News earlier in the week.
At this time no one has been arrested in this case.
Anyone with information, you are asked to contact Detective Jeffrey McGuire at Jeff.McGuire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-270284.