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String of gang shootings keeps police busy

Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff 7:31 p.m. PDT July 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Shots were fired in a North Portland neighborhood early Monday morning, but police did not find any gunshot victims.

Police were called just after 6:30 a.m. to the report of gunfire near North Albina Avenue and Ainsworth Street, across from Peninsula Park, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers at the scene found evidence of shots fired, including an unoccupied vehicle hit by bullets. Witnesses said an African-American man, thin and about 25 years old, fired several rounds before leaving the area in a small gray vehicle.

A gang response team was called to the area but investigators do now yet know whether the shooting involved gang members.

“This morning I heard ‘bang bang bang!’ I thought, it must be fireworks. No big deal. But why at 6:30 in the morning? It seemed kind of odd,” said one woman who lives nearby. “I’m concerned because we just moved to this area. I was just going to bring my dad to this park, because he is visiting this weekend. And now I don’t want to bring him to this park.”

Then on Monday afternoon, gang team officers were called to a shooting near the Red Rose Manor Apartments, located at 426 NE 10th Avenue. Officers found evidence of gunfire and damage to the building, but no victims were located.

Four males ran from the scene after the shooting, witnesses told police.

The Monday afternoon shooting was the fourth shooting call in two days for Portland police.

Early Sunday morning a man was shot and killed after an argument in a Northeast Portland trailer park. And just after 3 p.m. a man was critically injured when he was hot outside a Southeast Portland apartment building.

Anyone with information about Portland gun crimes is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106. Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to [email protected]. Anyone who sees a gun crime in progress should call 911.

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