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A brazen midday shootout between people in two moving cars thoroughly disrupts traffic on SE 82nd

DAVID F. ASHTON - An officer watches, as a colleague examines a bullet casing left behind when the occupants of two cars fired shots at each other on S.E. 82nd at Powell Boulevard, while both were driving south. The occupants of two vehicles, driving side-by-side southbound along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses at Powell Boulevard, opened fire on each other – at that intersection – on Thursday afternoon, September 17.

22 East Precinct squad cars were dispatched to the vicinity of Powell in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, at 2:54 p.m. Some officers closed down traffic lanes, while others searched for victims, and evidence.

In addition to the numerous people who called in the incident to the 9-1-1 Center, an East Precinct officer in the area had reported heard gunshots nearby.

"I was waiting for a bus, and it all happened real fast – bang, bang, bang, bang – these guys are shooting at each other, in broad daylight, then took off!" Ta'Neesha Williams told THE BEE. "This something like what you'd see in a gangster movie, not on the street!"

PPB Public Information Officer Melissa Newhard confirmed, "It was learned the gunshots were coming from occupants of two separate vehicles who were firing at one another, before fleeing the area." Officers investigated for hours while detours were in place at the busy intersection.

Later, Newhard revealed that one of the vehicles had been located on Mt. Scott, near the 11800 block of S.E. Flavel Street in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood.

"That vehicle showed evidence of being shot, and the driver's-side window was damaged," Newhard reported. "Two of the occupants, inside the vehicle as officers arrived, fled – but were later located, and detained. One of the occupants had minor injuries, due to gunfire." Officers were still looking for the other car at last report. The incident continues to be under investigation.


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