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UPDATE: Kenton Neighborhood killing continues the city's surge of gun violence as Mayor Ted Wheeler hopes to ask the City Council for more money for the Portland Police Bureau.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sean Edward GarnerThe victim in the fatal Sunday shooting in the Kenton Neighborhood has been identified.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Sean Edward Garner, 44, died from a gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide.

No suspect information has been released.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, at 4:21 a.m Sept. 18, officers from the North Precinct responded to a shooting call near the area of the 8400 block of North Brandon Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a deceased man who appeared to have been shot.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation. North Brandon Avenue was closed between Argyle Street to Willis Boulevard. North Argyle Street was closed between Argyle Way to where North Interstate and Denver avenues meet.

Anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-0457, or Detective Scott Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503-823-3774.

The shooting happened two days after police responded to a shooting report in Southeast Portland. No one was injured and no suspect information is available.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, at around 11:24 p.m. Sept. 17, several 911 callers reported multiple shots being fired, a person screaming and cars fleeing the scene at Southeast 37th Avenue near Belmont Street. When officers responded, they found evidence that at least 17 shots had been fired. Six parked cars were damaged from the gunfire, police said.

The incident is just one of many shootings that already threatens to exceed those in 2020, which were already the most in recent years.

The Friday shooting happened hours after Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hopes to ask the City Council for more money for the bureau during the upcoming annual fall budget adjustment process.

During a Friday morning news conference, Wheeler said he hopes to rehire 80 officers who are scheduled to retire to mitigate growing vacancies in the bureau. The request will depend on yet-to-be-determined available revenues, Wheeler said.


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