Portland shooting suspect arrested, gun violence continues
The Portland Police Bureau announced the arrest of a shooting suspect as gun violence continued to surge in the region.
Joseph W. Smoot, 30, of Portland, was arrested and charged in the May 28 shooting of a person in the 12000 block of Southeast Ash Street. The name of the victim who survived was not released. Smoot was charged with several felony counts, and a gun was recovered, police announced on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The announcement came as multiple agencies are investigating other shootings over the Oct. 15-17 weekend.
The first investigation began when Portland officers responded to a report of a shooting around 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 near the 17500 block of Northeast Marine Drive. When officers arrived, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police did not report any arrests and said the suspect or suspects fled the scene before officers got there.
The second investigation began about 90 minutes later when Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of multiple gunshots around 9:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of East Historic Columbia River Highway and Northeast Rohrbach Road. Witnesses said that 63-year-old Darrell Kessinger had gotten upset about something and started firing a gun.
Kessinger's neighbors were evacuated, and he was contacted by phone to de-escalate the situation. Kessinger eventually surrendered and was arrested "without incident." Deputies recovered several guns from his property. He is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
The third investigation began around 12:48 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 when Gresham Police Department officers responded to the sound of gunfire near Southeast 165th and Main Street and found 57 casings and four live rounds in the area. Officer also discovered that two residences, four cars, one mailbox, and one fence had been hit by bullets.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.
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