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As mentioned in this month's editorial, gun violence in Portland is soaring...and getting closer to home

DAVID F. ASHTON - After a shooting in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, policed search for evidence to identify the assailants. While most of the recent large increase in gun violence has taken place in Outer East Portland, residents in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood say they're disturbed by a shooting on Tuesday evening, August 4th, along S.E. Francis Street near 35th Avenue.

Dispatched at 9:39 p.m., Central Precinct officers responding to a "shots fired" call could not, at first, find the victims.

"The two victims had left the immediate area, and had reported the incident from a safe location. They told officers three people had fired shots at them," reported PPB Public Information Officer Melissa Newhard.

"The victims were not hit by gunfire – however, their vehicle was struck several times," Newhard said. "However, given the circumstances of the incident, there appears to be no further threat to the community."

Neighbor Norah Jefferies watched as police investigated the shooting. "I know that [the number of] shootings went way up in July; but now, having a 'shoot-out' right here; well, it's really troubling," Jeffries told THE BEE. "I guess nowhere in Portland is safe from shootings, now."


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