Four men have been shot in three gang-related shootings in different parts of the city this week.

“At least right now, I don’t feel they’re connected,” said Sgt. Don Livingston, supervisor of the Portland police gang enforcement team. “There’s different age groups involved.”

Investigators are also looking into whether any of the shootings were tied to violence occurring in Gresham and Vancouver.

More than 30 bullets were fired in a shooting Wednesday night that stretched across three blocks and left a 22-year-old man wounded, Livingston said.

At 10:07 p.m., police responded the area of Southeast 139th Avenue and Burnside Street. Someone in a black SUV fired shots into another vehicle, critically wounding Michael James Gilbert, a passenger who is expected to survive. The SUV sped west on Stark Street.

No one else was hit, but officers found two apartments in the 13600 block of Stark Street that appeared to have been damaged from gunfire.

Earlier in the day at 4:33 p.m., gang enforcement officers were called to a shooting outside the KFC restaurant at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Jessup Street.

Teondre Antonio Bonner, 22, was hit on Jessup Street and ran into the KFC, where employees called 911. Police said Bonner is a known gang member. He was convicted of unlawful use of a firearm in January 2013.

Witnesses told police that a group of five to seven young men ran from the scene westb on Jessup after the shooting. About 15 shell casings were found at the scene, Livingston said.

Early Monday, a shooting outside a bar left two men wounded.

Police were called at 2:11 a.m. to Boss Hawg’s Bar ‘N’ Grill, at 617 N.E. 102nd Ave. Witnesses told police they heard the sound of gunshots and cars leaving the area. A 35-year-old man and a 29-year-old man showed up at Providence Portland Medical Center about 2:45 a.m. with gunshot wounds, police said.

“The one consistent thing is we know who the victims are – we don’t know much about the suspects,” Livingston said.

This week’s shootings followed another violent two weeks, with 56 bullets flying around Portland in six separate shootings that remarkably struck no one, but caused damage to eight cars and three houses.

The Gang Enforcement Team, with about 25 members, is investigating each case.

Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, said the team is understaffed, preventing officers from doing much prevention and outreach work. He pointed to a recent consultant’s study that found the Police Bureau is understaffed by at least 24 officers, including patrol, detectives and sergeants.

Police ask nyone with information about the shooting outside the KFC to contact Detective Todd Teats at 503-823-2137 or [email protected].

Detective. Brad Clifton is investigating the Wednesday night shooting and can be reached at 503-823-2087 or by email at [email protected].

Information about any other shooting should be shared with the bureau’s Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

–Maxine Bernstein

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