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A new team within the bureau intended to reduce shootings is not expected to hit the streets until early next year.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - A Portland police vehicle.Gun violence in the Rose City continued early Monday, Dec. 6, when a man was shot in an apartment building parking lot in Southeast Portland.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, there have now been at least 1,201 shootings and 367 people hurt by gunfire so far this year. At least 79 people have been killed, most of them by gunfire, with almost a month remaining in 2021. Those are record figures.

A new Focused Intervention Team within the bureau intended to reduce shootings is not expected to hit the streets until early next year. It will replace the Gun Violence Reduction Team that the City Council disbanded last year because it had been accused of racial profiling.

The name of the Monday victim was not immediately released. Police say East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting near Southeast Powell Boulevard and 81st Avenue at 4:25 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound, which officials said was not life threatening. Police applied a tourniquet to the wound before the man was taken to the hospital.

A suspect remained at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group and contributed to this story. Their story on the Focused Intervention Team can be found here.


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