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A tow truck driver and two people in a vehicle were shot late Wednesday and early Thursday.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - The scene of the shooting at the Menlo Park Apartments.Three people were wounded in two shootings.

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

In the first incident, police said a tow truck driver was shot in the leg late Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Northeast Portland.

According to police, the driver reportedly was shot when attempting to tow a car from the Menlo Park Apartments at 865 N.E. 122nd Ave. shortly before midnight. The suspect confronted the driver, fired a bullet, and then took off in the tow truck.

The truck was later abandoned near Northeast 120th Avenue and Davis Street. The suspect was not immediately located.

After that, two people were shot in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

According to police, shortly after midnight Thursday, Feb. 4, officers responded to a report of shots heard in the 3900 block of Southeast 136th Avenue. They found evidence of gunfire at the scene, but learned two people involved in the shooting had driven several blocks away before calling 911.

Police and medical personnel responded to the two individuals, who were both seriously injured. They were sent to the hospital where they are now recovering.

According to police, this shooting was between multiple vehicles. The other vehicles and their occupants have not been found.

The shootings continue a surge of gun violence that began last year. There have been over 100 shootings and six fatalities since the start of 2021.


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