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One person is killed 24 hours after two men are arrested for firing dozens of bullets in Old Town.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland police vehicles.Police are investigating a Saturday morning shooting that left one person dead in North Portland.

The name of the victim in the Aug. 6 shooting was not immediately released. No one was arrested.

The shooting happened 24 hours after police responded to a shooting in Old Town where police recovered 88 shell casings. No one was injured but police arrested two people.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, in the Saturday incident, officers responded to a reported shooting in the East Columbia neighborhood in the 1100 block of North Schmeer Road just after 2 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a dead person.

According to police, the suspect left the area before police were called. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective William Winters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-0466, or Detective Jason Koenig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-0889, and reference case number 22-210609.

In the Friday shooting, officers responded to Northwest Fourth Avenue and Davis Street around 2 a.m. There they found evidence of dozens of bullets being fired. Travis Antonio Gaters III, 29, and Tamarjay Deshowan Polk, 24, were arrested.

Police said they seized two guns as evidence.

Business owners in the neighborhood say crime makes it costly to do business in Old-Town Chinatown with bullets flying through storefronts.

"We want people to be able to come here and experience Old Town and all it has to offer safely, so when these things happen it's just gut-wrenching. Because we don't want to tell people everything is hunky dory here when it isn't," said Elizabeth Nye, Lan Su Chinese Garden executive director.

Atwood Buckmaster, who manages a building near Northwest Fourth Avenue and Davis, says the damage will cost upward of $30,000 to repair, and he isn't alone.

"The fence you see around the garden, for example, was a $55,000 investment," Nye said.

She says the garden has spent money on deescalation training for staff, plus security during all operating hours.

"We've put in cameras, motion detectors — you name it, we've done it," Nye said.

But due to the persistent problems and perception of Old Town-Chinatown, she says visitation to the garden hasn't rebounded.

"So, we've had increase in cost and decrease in visitorship … and we're holding off for now," Nye said.

This latest shooting comes after the Old Town Community Association finished its 90-day effort to clean up the graffiti, trash and homelessness, which businesses say was a small victory.

"That was step one, now we need step two, step three, step four. It wasn't a one and done. It was the start," Nye said. "We need a comprehensive solution that is sustained to actually make a real difference here in Old Town."

Businesses are calling on the city, county and state to bring the resources that are necessary to turn Chinatown around.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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