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Shots fired between people in two cars shuts down roads in SE Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Shots fired between people in two cars shut down roads in southeast Portland on Tuesday.

Officers responded to reports of gunfire in the area of Southeast 55th Avenue and Belmont Street at 2:10 p.m.

As officers were on the way, additional 911 callers reported seeing people in two vehicles exchanging gunfire.

Officers found evidence of gunfire on Southeast 55th Avenue between Belmont Street and Taylor Street. A house was struck by shots on the 1100 block of 55th Avenue.

FOX 12 spoke with the homeowner and she said she was relieved that no one was hurt and that there wasn't more damage to her home aside from a hit, but not totally smashed window.

"I was actually lying down after my fitness class and just suddenly heard four, as I recall, loud pops and then heard some glass crash. And I just thought well I’m not going to go out and investigate anything right this minute in case this is something," homeowner Marilee Dolph said.

Nealy two miles away, police also said another home was hit in the 2900 block of Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard.

"I do think though that the streets connect all over the city and when you’re kind of having skirmish of your own you don’t really notice what neighborhood you’re going through. So I was surprised at the time of day, I mean this seems like something that someone would be more likely to do late at night when they were under cover of darkness," Dolph said.

Further evidence was then discovered near the intersection of Southeast 55th Avenue and Stark Street.

No suspects have been found and there have been no reports of injuries or anyone arriving at area hospitals in connection with this case.

Police believe the suspect vehicles are a dark-colored sedan with four doors and a smaller SUV.

Southeast 55th Avenue was shut down between Belmont Street and Taylor Street for the investigation.

Neighbor Jeff Hoofard had kids who attend schools in the area and many parents were concerned about their kids safety.

"At about the time that it happened I can probably look around and see 20 kids walking home," Hoofard said. "Actually, my oldest who goes to Mt. Tabor Middle School, he was walking home and actually had to go around the blockage."

The Gang Enforcement Team was called out to take over the investigation.

Any witnesses or people with additional information are asked to contact the Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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