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Two people are shot Thursday as the most violent year in recent memory comes to an end.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A Portland police vehicle.The surge in Portland shootings continued on New year's Eve with two people wounded in Northeast Portland.

According to the police, officers responded to the 4400 block of Northeast Mallory Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and found two people had been injured as a result of gunfire. Their names and conditions were not immediately released.

No suspect information was released either. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033 or Detective Joe Corona at 503-823-0508.

Earlier in the day, multiple bullets hit an occupied home in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Northeast Portland. Officers responded to reports of gunfire near the 1400 block of Northeast Dekum Street around 1:30 a.m. Police believe multiple people were shooting at one another but left the scene before officers arrived. No one was reported injured.

Shootings in Portland have increased dramatically since the City Council eliminated the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Violence Reduction Team on July 1 in response to racial justice protests. Police investigated roughly 900 shootings last year compared to 393 in of 2019.

On Monday, Portland police identified 33-year-old Jaron Weeks as the city's 53rd homicide victim this year — the highest number of homicides in Portland since a wave of gang violence in the early 1990s.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story can be found here.


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