PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was struck by a stray bullet while sitting in her car early Sunday morning in Northeast Portland, according to police.
Gunfire was reported just before 2 a.m. near NE Weidler Street and NE 8th Avenue. By the time officers arrived, the suspect had left the scene.
Police said the shooting hurt a driver who was waiting in her car at a Taco Bell drive-through. At least one bullet went through her car and hit her in the shoulder. She was able to drive herself to a nearby hospital.
The woman is expected to recover.
Police temporarily closed off NE Broadway between NE 7th and NE 8th. The Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team is investigating.
Bryan Guardiola was a couple of blocks away from the Taco Bell at NE 8th and Broadway when the shooting began. He told KOIN 6 News he was with his brothers in a car, listening to music when they heard gunshots.
“When we finally came up, literally the whole thing was blocked off,” he said. “There was just yellow tape everywhere; there were a couple of cars with doors open. I don’t know if the cars got shot up but it was insane though.”
Guardiola said he’s worried shootings in the area will only increase.
“This is getting bad out here right now,” he said. “It’s crazy because you would think that maybe in winter it would settle down but it just keeps going regardless and I know that the summer will be worse.”
The Portland Tribune reports the number of shootings has significantly risen so far this year, with the Gun Violence Reduction Team responding to 47 shootings in the first 27 days of 2020 compared to 28 shootings within the same time frame in 2019. Portland city councilors are scheduled to meet to discuss the role of the GVRT on Thursday.
If you know anything about Sunday’s shooting, please call the PPB at 503.823.3333 or notify GVRT directly and reference case # 20-37287.
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