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Police are investigating the third shooting in the Parkrose neighborhood in two weeks.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Police crime tape.The recent increase in killings continued into August with the third shooting in the Parkrose neighborhood in the last two weeks.

Police launched a homicide investigation after a fatal shooting on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at an apartment complex at which one person also was wounded.

The names of the victims were not immediately released. No suspect information was available.

Police responded to the apartment complex on the corner of Northeast 115th and Sandy Boulevard after reports of a shooting came in around 5:45 a.m. Officers initially said one person was hurt and needed medical attention, but later stated that they found one person dead at the scene and another who was wounded and taken to a hospital.

KOIN 6 News Reporter Elise Haas was the first on the scene when the story broke. She heard from neighbors about the situation.

"It's this neighborhood, it sucks you in," Breona Grant said.

Grant lives nearby. She said she's met the man and the young woman who live in the unit that police blocked off in red tape, and said she was worried about them. "I'm new to the neighborhood — this is not a great neighborhood," she said.

Later in the day, at about 3:04 p.m., police responded to the report of a shooting in the area of Northwest Broadway and Glisan Street. Officers found a person who appeared to have a non-life threatening gunshot wound. That person was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Shootings and killings surged in Portland in July. Police responded to 99 shootings compared to 35 in July 2019. Fifteen people also were killed, a 30-year high for the month. The increase followed the City Council decision to disband the Portland Police Bureau Gang Violence Reduction Team.

Shootings also have been on the rise in several American cities since the beginning of the pandemic and the economic downturn.

Homicide detectives are investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503-823-4033 or Detective Shaye Samora, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503-823-0768.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story with video is here.


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