5 shootings, 4 injuries reported over weekend in Portland
Portland Police stayed busy on Friday night and on Saturday, May 19, responding to at least five shootings that reportedly left four people injured.
No one has been arrested in any of the incidents of gunfire, according to police statements released to the media.
A police spokesman said he was unable to confirm whether there is a connection between any of the shootings, noting that the investigations are ongoing. Four of the five incidents are being investigated by the city's gang squad.
"Investigators are aware that often times one act of gang violence can be the catalyst to future violent acts," wrote Sgt. Christopher Burley. "Sometimes acts of retribution may occur hours, days, weeks or even years after the initial act."
Here's what we know about these cases so far:
Sumner neighborhood shooting
The occupants of two separate cars opened fire at each other while their vehicles traveled south on Northeast 92nd Avenue near the intersection with Wygant Street.
Police scrambled to the scene just west of Interstate 205 around 11:12 p.m. on Friday, May 18.
Officers say they didn't locate any injured people at the scene or at local hospitals. They also don't think the bullets damaged any property, though they found evidence of gunfire in the street.
The two cars are described as a silver and a dark-colored four-door sedan. Police aren't releasing any descriptions of the people inside the cars.
"The Gang Enforcement Team will be conducting the investigation," a news release reports.
Mill Park neighborhood shooting
A "disturbance" inside a bar involving multiple people escalated to the point that one person fired a gun.
Portland Police responded to Rachel's Bar and Grill, 12510 S.E. Division Street, around 11:44 p.m. on Friday, May 18.
The authorities didn't find any suspects or injured people at the bar, but an injured man later appeared at a local hospital with a "non-life-threatening" gunshot wound.
"The Gang Enforcement Team responded to assume the investigation," police said. They aren't releasing descriptions of the suspects to the public.
Old Town/Chinatown shooting
It was so early it was still late for some revelers in Old Town when gunfire broke out near the intersection of Northwest Davis Street and 6th Avenue around 6:05 a.m. on Saturday, May 19.
Police searched for shell casings, potential suspects or victims, and say they turned up some "evidence" of gunfire in the street.
Investigators aren't releasing any suspect descriptions. No injuries were reported.
"The Gang Enforcement Team will be conducting the investigation," police said.
King neighborhood shooting
Two people were hit by bullets — one the intended "target" of the shooting and the other apparently a bystander — around 8:41 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, police say.
Police found a woman suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound near the intersection of Northeast Grand Avenue and Alberta Street, according to a news release.
Community members were doing their best to help her even before an ambulance arrived and transported her to a local hospital.
Thanks to a tip from a 9-1-1 caller, police learned that a wounded man was "hiding" outside his house on the 4900 block of Northeast 6th Avenue.
He was also transported to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of "serious" but non-life-threatening injuries, police say.
Police found evidence of gunfire, including bullet holes in an empty house on the 500 block of Northeast Alberta Street. Police have made no arrests so far.
"Investigators believe the male victim was the intended target of this shooting," a news release reports. "Officers do not believe the female victim or residence that was struck by gunfire were intended targets of the shooting."
The Gang Enforcement Team continues to investigate.
Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood shooting
A man was shot in the 9900 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, police say.
Officers applied a tourniquet to the man as they waited for an ambulance to arrive and transport the man to a local hospital. He has "serious" but non-life-threatening injuries, according to a news release.
Police say they have not located a suspect yet, and don't have any description of the alleged assailant to share with the public.
"The investigation is in its early stages and information will be provided as it is learned and deemed appropriate for release," police say.
The Assault Detail is assigned to the case. Anyone with relevant information should call 503-823-0479.