Those shopping and banking in the north end of Eastport Plaza ducked for cover when they heard gunshots on Friday, July 26, just before 6:00 p.m.
"I can't believe what I saw and heard; guys shooting in front of the Joann's [fabric store], and by the Bank of America building!" said Becky Amodei, who said she'd come to use the after-hours automated teller. "Even though the Center's security truck wasn't far away, it sounded like a movie shootout – I mean, more gunshots than I could count!"
A Portland Police official said that East Precinct officers had responded to the shooting and "located evidence of gunfire in the parking lot." Within eight minutes of dispatch, more than 20 police units had swarmed in – several of them part of the Bureau's "Gun Violence Reduction Team".
Shortly two of the parking lot lanes were littered with yellow police evidence markers, each showing where a bullet shell casing had landed on the pavement.
"Officers performed a traffic stop near S.E. 84th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard, and looked into whether the vehicle that was stopped is connected with the shooting incident," the police spokesperson revealed.
Officers fanned out throughout the parking lot and into business storefronts looking for bullet strikes, and initially they did not find any. "And no one has been located with any injuries related to this incident," the police official told us.
Because it is still "an active investigation", no further details were made available.
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