Teenagers injured, killed in SE Portland shooting were students in Centennial, David Douglas schools

Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 5:11 AM PDT
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - The 4 teenagers who were victims of a shooting in Southeast Portland, Sunday, were students in the Centennial and David Douglas School Districts.

At about 8:43 p.m., East Precinct officers were called out to a shooting in the 500 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue. Officers arrived to the scene and found a teenager dead. Three teenage boys were found with gunshot injuries.

The three victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Police said one had life-threatening injuries, while the other two had non-life-threatening injuries.

“Why? What did that little kid do so bad that he got his life taken away? It doesn’t make sense,” said neighbor Jessie Love. “A friend of mine who was like, hey I guess they live around here close by and I guess they said they were for four kids, fighting each other. It got out of hand and the next thing you know someone’s life got taken. It’s sad I go out to the families. I’m saying special prayer that they can have peace and get justice to whoever done this.”

Neighbors said they aren’t surprised the shooting happened but they are shocked at how old the victims were.

“There’s no reason why there is young kids more or no less adults, out there shooting at little kids. That baffles me, it kills me you know cause we could be a lot better out here. We should try to help these young kids to do positive things instead of grabbing a gun. What for? It ain’t gonna do nothing but put you in prison, dead, I mean who wants to do that? Not me.”

Two of the victims who were injured were students in the Centennial School District. The other two, including the one who died, were students in the David Douglas School District. Both school districts are making counseling available to support students and staff.

Mayor Ted Wheeler released a video about the incident.

“I am relentlessly focused on finding solutions to this crisis. I send my deepest condolences to the victims and their families,” he said. Last year over 1000 shootings were reported for only a fraction resulted in criminal prosecutions.”

The Homicide Unit is leading the investigation. Police have not released any further details at this time.

Southeast 162nd Avenue will be closed from Southeast Stark Street to Southeast Alder Street during the investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Michael Greenlee at Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0871, or Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0696.