Woman dead in SE Portland shooting, neighbor says she doesn’t feel safe

Published: Apr. 1, 2023 at 8:21 AM PDT
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - A woman died in a shooting in the Lents neighborhood in southeast Portland on Friday night, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

PPB said at about 10:15 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a shooting in the 9100 block of Southeast Crystal Springs Boulevard. When they arrived, they found a woman dead. She has not been identified.

Police said the suspect left the scene and no arrests have been made. No suspect description has been released.

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A neighbor said a “loud bang” woke her up, and she thought it was a knock on her front door. She got up to check, but no one was there.

Then, she was woken again by the police knocking on her door. She said they asked her if she knew her immediate neighbor.

She did, she said. She said her neighbor was a single mother whose teen son recently misfired a weapon in their home.

“Her son shot a 22 through their bedroom and it went through my wall,” the neighbor said.

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The police then told her what they found when they responded to the call.

“And she says there’s a dead body over there,” the neighbor said. “It’s just the fact that it’s really sad. I just don’t feel that safe leaving the house to go to work or to just go to the grocery store because there’s just so many random acts of crime.”

Homicide detectives are investigating. If anyone has information you’re asked to contact detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone 503-823-2079, or detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-2092. Please reference case number 23-83483.

PPB said this is the 19th homicide of 2023, and the 17th shooting homicide.