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For the second month THE BEE reports a car-to-car shootout west of S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses...

DAVID F. ASHTON - When this outer Inner Southeast Portland shootout had ended, on Woodstock Boulevard near 72nd, and the evening quiet had returned, arriving officers found the street littered with bullet casings, but no victims. On the dank, cool Tuesday evening of November 3, few people were outside along S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, near 73rd Avenue, except patrons in the covered patio at Putter's Bar and Grill, and a neighbor walking his dog along the street.

At about 10:30 p.m., witnesses said, two black cars drove into the area – and their occupants opened fire on one another.

"It sounded like firecrackers going off; and I mean a lot of really BIG firecrackers a-poppin' in the street," recounted neighbor Betsy Humphrey to THE BEE. "When the cops pulled up right away, I knew it wasn't firecrackers – but, instead, someone had been shooting up the neighborhood."

"It looked like a shootout between cars, like you'd see in a gangster movie. I mean, they really 'unloaded' at each other," reported the dog-walking neighbor, still shaken, who asked not to be identified. "I ducked behind the edge of a building, until I heard them roar off."

DAVID F. ASHTON - Fortunately, no one was inside this car when bullets shattered its window, and pock-marked its door East Precinct officers were initially dispatched to S.E. 73rd Avenue, where it dead-ends into the south edge of Mt. Scott Park – and immediately found an unoccupied blue sedan with a bullet hole in the rear passenger door, as well as a shot-out window, parked at Putter's.

As more officers pulled in and began scouring the area, they came across bullet shell casings along 73rd Avenue between Woodstock Boulevard and Martins Street.

"Officers located evidence of gunfire, to include 25 shell casings," confirmed Portland Police spokesperson Officer Melissa Newhard. "Officers learned that an occupied residence had been hit by gunfire, as well as a parked vehicle."

As they continued investigating this latest in a widespread series of shootouts recently in Southeast Portland, not only did officers find bullet holes on the east side of the Marwood Plaza Apartments, they also found bullet strikes on street sign posts, and on the shed of the garden implement supply company across the street.

"There are no known victims that were hit by gunfire," Newhard told THE BEE. "And there is no suspect description available at this time." But the investigation is still active.


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