Gun violence continues into 2021
The spike in shootings and deaths that began last year has continued into 2021.
According to police, two people were wounded three days into the new year, and a person who was wounded on New Year's Eve has died.
The most recent investigation began at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, when officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Southeast 136th Avenue after reports of gun shots. When they arrived, officers found evidence that more than 50 rounds had been fired off. Two apartments and seven vehicles had been struck by gunfire as well, police said.
A short time later, a 19 year-old male arrived at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after having been shot. The victim's name was not immediately released, and no suspect information was available, either.
Before that, at 2:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Southeast 146th Avenue. When officers arrived, they located a victim with serious injuries. The officers immediately offered medical assistance until paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital by ambulance.
The name and condition of the victim was not immediately released. No suspect information was available, either.
Police also said that a Dec. 31 shooting victim was killed in the incident. An autopsy determined that he died by homicide by gunshot wound. His identity was not released, and no suspect information is available, either.
The investigation began at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 when North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of someone shot at Northeast Alberta Street and Mallory Avenue. When officers arrived, they located two people injured.
The name and condition of the second victim has not been released. No suspect information is available, either.
Police recorded approximately 900 shootings in 2020, compared to 393 shootings in 2019. Last year also saw the highest number of homicides in Portland since a wave of gang violence in the early 1990s.
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