PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – An 18-year-old woman died and several others were injured after a shooting in downtown Portland early Saturday morning, according to Portland Police Bureau.

Officers responded to a report of multiple people shot in the 300 block of Southwest 3rd Avenue just after 2:00 a.m. When they arrived, they found several people injured and called in paramedics. 

The most severely injured person was a woman who later died at the hospital, according to PPB. Her name will not be released until her family has been notified.

Police had initially reported eight people injured in the shooting but later updated that number to seven. They said that number might change as more information comes in.

"That figure may change again as more information comes in," PPB said. "It's possible that some of the injured may have left the scene on their own without talking to officers.

The other six victims have varying degrees of severity, though their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before officers could arrive, and no arrests have been made.

Police: 8 people injured following shooting in downtown Portland

KPTV image of shooting scene

Later that morning Brad Popick the owner of The Outdoor Store, arrived to find crime tape and officers around his store.

"Yeah, I was a little surprised yeah, kind of shocked,'" he said. "It looks like a war, seriously it looks like a war over there."

In a press conference held Saturday afternoon, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell addressed the increase in gun violence in the city and the overnight shooting.

"We have clearly a gun violence problem in our community, we have a homicide problem in our community, and the community should expect that we will have adequate resources," Wheeler said. "That's the tools, the training, and personnel to be able to address the growing problem around gun violence and homicides in our community."

"If you go back to yesterday, we've had eleven shooting incidents resulting in 13 people injured or killed, and that's in a span of 38 hours," Lovell said.

Lovell said it's too early in the investigation to know if this was gang-related. He says PPB is still working with the FBI to curb gun violence but isn't sure if agents were on the ground last night.

"It's sobering to see all the gun violence that we've been experiencing here in Portland," he said. "Two homicides from this morning are expected to be our 50th and 51st homicides of the year. Most of those have been connected to gunfire, but they're all tragic."

Southwest 3rd Avenue from Southwest Oak Street to Southwest Washington Street was closed while police investigated.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov; 503-823-2079 or Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov; 503- 823-3774.

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nativepdx

The city is deteriorating because of the loss of the rule of law. Shoplifting is a daily event and many stores and its is not prosecuted.

Yesterday on Grand av around 3pm a couple hundred motorcycles took over the street blocking traffic popping wheelies and ignoring all traffic laws.

This will not turn out well, without the rule of law and the police to back it up.

Yusuf

it appears that you get what you vote for. not sure why anyone would be surprised at what's going on in the metro area.

Jefferson

"If you go back to yesterday, we've had eleven shooting incidents resulting in 13 people injured or killed, and that's in a span of 38 hours," Lovell said. - - - - - - - . Sorry, folks. We don't have a gun violence problem. What we have is an increasingly narcissistic and self-absorbed society caused by a deterioration in the family unit and of basic human values in general. History, if there is anyone left around to write it, will note the direct correlation between what has been happening for the last 40 years and the decrease in church attendance.

Honest citizen

We have a district attorney who gets most of the blame. Mike Schmidt just lets the criminals walk...and walk and walk. Re-fund the police and apologize for the ill treatment they have been the recipients of, start allowing them to do their jobs and most importantly, make sure to replace the lame DA and things can get back on track. Sending healing thoughts to the victims.

ItsPolitical

Anytime the word "gun" is used, replace it with "gang." Our spineless police commissioner, mayor and city council don't want to offend any of the usual suspects, so they blame it on guns.

Moved on

bad taco.?

Ironbar66

Hey Portland, how's that, "De-fund the police" thing working out for 'ya?

commentor

Thank you Ted and Jo Ann. And thanks to all the low information voters who voted these two into office.

Pursuit

This latest deterioration of our city brought to you by the Mayor and council you voted for.

Good job !!

PDX2MtHood

Of course they blame the guns but not the criminals. What a pathetic city Portland has become.

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