Gun violence continues to spike across Multnomah County
Gun violence across Multnomah County continues to be under a microscope as the staggering numbers of violence continue to outpace previous years significantly.
In 2021, through Aug. 13, there have been 285 firearm-related cases prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. In 2020 there were 152 cases through Aug. 13, and in 2019 only 51 during those same early months.
As law enforcement across the region continues to scramble for solutions, the DA's Office has released a new tool to allow the public to better track the gun violence numbers across the county.
The Firearms Data Dashboard is available online and is best viewed using a laptop or desktop computer.
"Clear, accessible data is one of the best tools we have to inform public policy around reducing gun violence, and it allows us, as a community, to track our progress toward shared goals," said Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug.
The data is searchable by date, location, race and gender of both victims and perpetrators, and by type of crime committed.
The Gresham Police Department has nearly matched the number of prosecuted firearm cases this year as last. There have been 33 cases in 2021 at the onset of fall, compared to 36 in 2020.
Across the county since 2019, 55% of the shooting victims have been between 35 years old and younger, and 8% have been children.
"Black, brown and immigrant communities are disproportionately impacted by gun violence," said Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal. "This is a deadly symptom of systemic racism and disinvestment, exacerbated by the global pandemic which has hollowed out our schools, limited the activities of our crucial community-based organizations and shuttered other critical services that our communities depend on."
By East County zip codes — there have been 10 prosecuted firearm cases in 2021 in the 97030 ZIP code, 14 cases in 97060, and three in 97024.
"This dashboard allows everyone from community members to lawmakers to see not only how gun crime affects our communities and families, but how these numbers continue to rise," said Rachel Saslow, a volunteer with the Oregon Moms Demand Action.
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