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Victim killed in N. Portland shooting; suspects on the loose

Posted: Updated: Nov 11, 2015 07:52 PM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

One person was killed after being shot in north Portland on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to North Vancouver Avenue and Fargo Street at 3:15 p.m.

They arrived to find a man in his late teens or early 20s suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, but police said he was later pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police two younger black males were involved in the shooting and ran away from the area, possibly leaving in a silver vehicle.

Based on the preliminary information at the scene, the shooting appears to be gang-related and the Gang Enforcement Team was called out to investigate. 

The shooting happened just outside a church, the Portland office of the American Red Cross and Legacy Emanuel Hospital.  

A nurse from the Red Cross was among those who rushed out to try and help the victim, a Red Cross spokesperson confirmed.

"Somebody came and was shouting out the window, 'Did you hear the shot?'" said Debra Taylor, who lives nearby.  "They just said somebody was shot and they didn't know if he was dead or alive."

The deadly shooting comes just four days after another man was gunned down some six blocks away. Arthur Aihebhoria, 27, was shot in the head Saturday on NE Rodney.  In that case police have no motive and no suspects.

The victim in Wednesday's shooting has not yet been publicly identified.  

He marked the 28th person to be killed in Portland so far this year.  While many of those cases are not gang-related, police said there have been roughly 160 gang-related violent crimes so far in 2015 and the vast majority of them have been shootings or shots fired calls.

Police urged anyone with information to come forward.

"When you have the daytime shootings happening so brazenly, the real worry is that people uninvolved in gang behavior are going to get caught in the crossfire," said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.  "Every victim's important, but when we have a child, a baby, a grandmother killed walking down the street, perhaps some people will decide now it's time to step up and say something."

Anyone with information about this shooting - or any other gun crime - is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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