Shootings and homicides are already up in Multnomah County over 2020 with three more months to go in the year.
According to figures complied by the Portland Tribune, there have been at least 1,024 shootings in the county so far in 2021. That compares to 1,002 shootings in all of last year.
There have also been 75 homicides in the county, compared to 58 last year. Although exact figures are not available, gun violence accounts for most homicides.
Figures in the county are kept by three different law enforcements agencies. They are the Portland Police Bureau for the city of Portland, the Gresham Police Department for the city of Gresham, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for the area it patrols, which includes the unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of Fairview, Maywood Park, Troutdale and Wood Village.
As of Sept. 28, the Portland police had reported 872 shootings and 64 homicides. That compares to 891 shootings and 56 homicides in 2020.
Gresham police have reported 122 shootings and 10 homicides. That compares to 103 shootings and two homicides in 2020.
The sheriff's office has reported 30 shootings and one homicide. That compares to eight shootings and no homicides in 2020.
Data from the FBI's 2020 Uniform Crime Report published Monday show the number of Portland homicides rose nearly 83% from the previous year. According to the report released on Sept. 27, in 2020, there were 53 homicides reported. In 2019, there were 29. The number of homicides reported in 2020 is more than double the number in 2018 and 2017.
The 2021 figures include 16 shootings that left one person dead and nine wounded in Portland over the Sept. 24-26 weekend. The victim in the fatal shooting has been identified as Jaco Knight-Vasquez, 34. Police believe he was a bystander.
The names and conditions of the other victims have not been released. No one has been arrested and no suspect information is available, either.
The bureau has released this summary of the fatal and injury shootings:
• On Friday, Sept. 24, at 1:56 a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at the Silver Dollar Pizza at 501 NW 21st Avenue. When they arrived, the officers learned three adult males had been shot. One, later identified as Knight-Vasquez, died at the scene, one was transported by ambulance, and the other drove in a private vehicle to a hospital. Homicide detectives are investigating.
• On Saturday, Sept, 25, at 6:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of North Sacramento Street and North Williams Avenue on the report of a shooting. An adult male associated with the incident was later admitted to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. (Cast #21-267694)
• On Saturday, Sept. 25, at 5:20 p.m., officers happened upon a shooting which had just occurred at the intersection of Northeast Fremont Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Officers discovered a juvenile shooting victim and immediately administered emergency first-aid. The juvenile was conscious and breathing at the time of transport to a local hospital. (Case #21-269152)
• On Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at 2:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Northeast Broadway on reports of multiple shots fired. Two female and one male victims were located, and officers applied a tourniquet to one of the victims. They were all transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. (Case #21-268543)
• On Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at 8:28 p.m., officers were dispatched to a local hospital after an adult male shooting victim was admitted with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting is thought to have occurred in the 6200 block of Southeast Foster Street. (Case #21-269295)
• On Sunday, Sept. 26, at 11:12 p.m., officers responded to the 12100 Block of Southeast Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard on the reports of a shooting. They located an adult male suffering from a non-life threatening injury. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. (Case #21-269430)
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