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Portland police investigating rash of gang shootings

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police say they responded to five gang-related shootings within about 10 hours this weekend.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says the first shooting was reported at 2:08 p.m. in the 6800-block of Southeast 72nd Avenue. When officers arrived in the area, they learned that several bullets had hit a townhouse.

Roger Cunningham lives in the area and said he heard the shooting happen as he was outside cleaning his yard.

"My daughter was holding a slumber party and their parents came right over right away and got their kids, so you know, this is really disturbing," Cunningham said.

Police say at least three bullets hit the home. There were people inside the home at the time of the shooting, but police say no one was hurt.

As officers took pictures of the evidence near Cunningham's home, they were called out to the second shooting at 2:15 p.m. near the intersection of Southeast 162st Avenue and Southeast Alder Street.

Police say someone had fired several shots then fled the scene. No one was injured, Simpson says, but two 19-year-old men later arrived at a local hospital suffering from minor injuries from broken glass.

Officers say the suspect was described as a black male in his late teens wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Kevin Thompson, who was driving in the area at the time of the shooting, said he thinks he may have seen the shooter running through a nearby apartment complex.

Police searched the area, but no arrests have been made.

While police investigated the first two shootings, another shots fired call was reported at 2:54 p.m. in the area of 3300 Southeast 143rd Avenue where officers said another house was hit by bullets.

Diana Henderson was walking in the area when the shooting happened and expressed her disappointment.

"This type of behavior is just is uncalled for," Henderson said.

The fourth shooting was reported at 3:06 p.m. in north Portland near the intersections of North Fremont Street and Williams Avenue.

In that case, officers say, someone driving north on North Williams Avenue shot at another vehicle, which had children inside.

One of the children received rash-type marks on the face, but it's not known if the marks are from a bullet or broken glass.

A building was also damaged in the gunfire.

Early Monday morning, multiple bullets struck a 1970s Chevy sedan as the intended victim drove to a 7-11 store at North Fessenden Street and North Columbia Way, a corner also known as "Six Points." The driver of the car, who also was the lone occupant, was not injured.

Gang officers say this type of violence is rare for the city. Police are looking into the possibility that the shootings are related.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case. To share a tip with police, call 503-823-HELP (4357).

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