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Northeast Portland house shooting scares neighbors, nearby workers

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Portland Police are looking for suspects that shot at a home at the corner of Northeast Rodney Avenue and Alberta Street Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said the home at 4946 NE Rodney was shot at at least twice, with one bullet hitting the front door and another striking a recycling can at the house’s front step. 

Neighbors reported hearing loud gunfire around 2 p.m. Responding officers did not locate anyone injured and suspects got away.

Heather Bartholomew and three of her coworkers were cleaning a house next door when the shots rang out. 

“I’m just here doing my job - and bang, bang, bang, bang. Then a car speeds off,” Bartholomew said. “We’re like what?”

Bartholomew said for a second, she thought her boss had dropped something from where he was working on the top floor. Then she realized the noises were unmistakable.

“Four gunshots. Police come, and we’re here next door cleaning,” Bartholomew said. "It was crazy. Absolutely crazy.”

Police said nobody was home at the time of the shooting.

Neighbor Brian Latta said he occasionally will stop bye and say hello to the people that live there. 

“I’m concerned for them,” Latta said. "It could of killed somebody. It’s pretty scary.”

Bartholomew said once she and her coworkers realized what was happening, they took cover.

“One of us could have been a target - without even knowing it - and one of us would have been brutally harmed, and that’s so scary to think about,” Bartholomew said. “I thank my lucky stars, my guardian angels, it was not the house we were in.”

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said it is unknown if the shooting was gang-related. A purple car seen leaving the area could be related to the gunfire. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 503-823-3333.

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