Orange traffic control barrels made a huge difference in reducing the shootings -- but not completely

DAVID F. ASHTON - Officers mark the location of spent bullet casings, at the edge of Mt. Scott City Park, before collecting evidence. Residents of the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood say it's been relatively quiet, since (as THE BEE reported in its November issue) the traffic control barrels the neighbors lobbied for were put in place a few weeks ago.

Statistically, the number of "Shots Fired" calls to which East Precinct officers have been dispatched near there have decreased by two-thirds, compared to earlier in the year.

However, on December 2, seven officers were again sent out on a report of shots fired at 8:28 p.m., at the southwest edge of Mt. Scott City Park, on S.E. Knight Street just east of 72nd Avenue.

After an initial assessment of the incident, four of the officers were released to take other calls in their respective districts.

The three remaining officers carefully documented the scene. There appeared to be a total of 15 yellow evidence markers that they'd placed, indicating where a spent shell casing had landed. The officers noted down the location of each casing, and preserved the evidence.

"No injured victims were found; however some bullets struck an apartment nearby," Portland Police spokesperson Sergeant Kevin Allen reported the next morning. Two days after the shooting incident, Nadine Salama, who spoke about gunfire incidents with THE BEE in our front page story in our November issue, said that the street restrictions have had a positive effect. "Since we last talked, we had 63 days of no gun shootings at all, in the six-block radius, after the barrels were placed by PBOT," she commented.

"Then, during the day [of November 2], the barrel on S.E. Knight Street at 72nd Avenue moved away. We know these barrels don't just 'disappear', people move them – so, we find them and have to put them back.

"I would say that '63 days of no shootings is a win'; I will take that! However, the incident on Thursday night [November 2nd] was disheartening and discouraging," Salama conceded.

Members of the PPB's Enhanced Community Safety Team is doing the follow-up investigation. If you can help by providing them with tips, email your information to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and reference Case No. 21-337178.

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