Portland police report 13 shootings in 28 hours as record-breaking gun violence continues
Portland police responded to 13 shootings between Friday night and early Sunday morning, including a fatal shooting at a North Portland park.
At least three people were injured in the sporadic shootings across the city, where cops collected at least 151 bullet casings. Two men were arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with one of the shootings.
Police said officers in east Portland responded to five shootings in just three hours at one point, leading to “a significant strain on resources.”
The flurry of gunfire left a sergeant alone to process a crime scene in one instance and forced police to rely on community members to block traffic in another, police said.
The blaze of gunfire is the latest in a troubling trend documented citywide. There have been 69 homicides in Portland this year, putting the city on pace to surpass the most violent year in its modern history, when 70 people were killed in 1987.
The latest homicide occurred Friday night.
Police responded to reports of a shooting near McCoy Park at 11:15 p.m. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot dead. Police have not released the victim’s identity or said whether they’ve identified any suspects.
Police did not respond to a request for more information about one of the reported shootings, which KOIN-TV reported included upwards of 16 shots fired in Old Town Chinatown Saturday night.
According to the police, officers heard the shots and responded to the area around Northwest Fourth Avenue and Everett but didn’t see anyone.
Two 20-year-old men were arrested in connection with a Saturday evening shooting at the 3200 block of Southeast 165th Avenue.
Officers said an unoccupied house was hit by bullets and nearby police saw a vehicle speeding away.
Martin Rosario and Keylin Proby were arrested and charged with attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Police said two guns were recovered in the arrest.
— Andrew Theen