Two killed in Monday shootings in Portland
Portland police are investigating three shootings, including two fatalities, on Monday, June 20.
The victims were not immediately identified, and no arrests have been made.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the first fatal shooting happened early in the evening. Officers responded to the 3200 block of Northeast 81st Avenue, where they discovered a dead body. After an investigation, officers determined that the man was the victim of a homicide.
"I just kind of asked them what is going on here, because they have several cars out here and the streets were blocked off, there was police tape around the trees in my yard," neighbor Mary Nelson told KOIN 6 News. "They just said there was a shooting last night."
Northeast 81st was closed from NE Siskiyou to Northeast Klickitat St., while detectives investigated. Police left the scene just after 7 p.m.
"Things like this have been happening so much along 82nd over the last couple of years," said one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. "I feel kind of unsafe when I'm walking alone."
Then, at 10:09 p.m., officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to a report of a shooting at 11800 Southeast Liebe Street near Raymond Park. It was reported that a victim was helped into a privately owned vehicle that left the scene. A responding sergeant came across that vehicle with the victim inside at the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The sergeant went to provide first aid but found the victim deceased.
There are currently two crime scenes — one at Raymond Park and the other at the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. During the investigation, Southeast 122 Avenue was closed from Southeast Division Street to Southeast Clinton Street.
Police are also investigating a downtown Monday night shooting where a bullet pierced a window on The Portland Spirit during a dinner cruise. The gunshot was apparently fired from somewhere on land in the downtown riverfront area.
No one was hurt.
People who were on the Portland Spirit told KOIN 6 News they heard glass shattering and thought some glasses broke. But they soon realized it was a bullet that shattered a window on the boat.
A witness who was aboard the Portland Spirit told KOIN 6 News the bullet struck a lower window of the cruise ship. No one was hit but everyone was very startled.
Another passenger, Jesse Bruno, said he brought his family to the Portland Spirit for a night out on the river since they are out-of-town visitors.
"I was coming out of the bathroom on the Portland Spirit dinner cruise and heard what sounded like someone dropping a glass or a bottle," Bruno said. "Turned the corner and saw a couple people staring at the table where my family was sitting at and immediately saw it was a gunshot."
Bruno also told KOIN 6 News it happened somewhere between the Burnside and Morrison bridges. Investigators found the bullet and are trying to determine if the shooting was intentional or not.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.
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