PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – On the heels of the July 4 holiday weekend, police are reporting a 240-percent increase in shootings over the same month last year.

So far, the Portland Police Bureau says it has responded to 17 shootings in July 2020 compared to five for the same time frame in 2019.

One shooting earlier this month injured a man, and another involved an infant child putting a spent bullet cartridge in her mouth, police said on Monday.

Officers on July 3 responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of Southeast 130th Avenue. Officers there said they found 11 shell casing but no property damage.

Officers on July 5 responded to a call about an apartment that had bullet holes in it, with the officers finding three separate apartments with damage consistent with gunfire.

According to police, a series of shootings occurred in Portland on July 5, resulting in an injury to one man and damage to occupied homes and a vehicle.

The first response occurred around 11:10 a.m. and involved a bullet lodged in the front door of a home in the 7400 block of Southeast 86th Avenue. Investigators They said it was unclear when the shooting occurred due to loud explosions from fireworks throughout the night. No one was hurt.

Officers then responded around 8:40 p.m. to reports of a man shot in the 5200 block of Northeast 91st Avenue.

Officers said the man was shot in the leg. Officers applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The man was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives have not been able to locate a crime scene in this case.

Another shooting was reported at 9 p.m. at a home in the 5200 block of Southeast 97th Avenue. Police say a family had gathered there, including 10-15 kids, and they were having a BBQ. No one at the gathering was hurt.

Investigators say multiple houses and a vehicle were hit by gunfire. One homeowner told police she heard gun shots and went outside to see what was going on; when she went back inside, she said she found her 11-month old child putting a spent bullet into her mouth, according to police.

"Gun violence negatively impacts everyone in our community and the increase we are seeing is alarming," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "PPB continues to investigate these crimes and we ask for the public's help with tips and leads.”

Copyright 2020 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.


Recommended for you

(10) comments

TomKat Books

A Washington Post hack named Philip Bump attempted to convince its rabid readers that Trump was wrong to claim that "the most dangerous cities in America are all run by Democrats."

He then presented data which shows that only one of the Top 20 violent cities has a Republican mayor (Jacksonville, FL, #17). And this little flaw in Trump's assertion is supposed to relieve the Dems of the guilt for creating and allowing most of the country's urban violence.


Portland isn't a Chicago yet, but it's on the way. The liberals are celebrating every shooting, especially the ones where someone is killed. They just blame Trump, then go on about their business of destroying the country.,


We will need more than this if we want to match Chicago's body count. :-O

Eliza Cassan

It's open season in Portland, and the criminals have a hunting licence courtesy of Mayor Wheeler


Lawlessness, vagrancy, trash, graffiti etc have also increased but the liberals dont care. Businesses are being destroyed and closing up for good but City Hall is more worried about racial justice and other garbage.

Frederick Fukov

Yep..and your woke progs want to defund the police. Absolute genius.


It's not the Portland Police doing this. But our Limp Mayor Wheeler and his "glued to the hip" partner Comm Hardesty aren't tamping down any violence in this city

Alan W

Those two are public enemy number one and two or more like Thing One and Thing Two!! In Nov of 2016 Wheeler handed the Antifa the keys to the city and he and Hardesty are doing everything they can to recreate the wild west in PDX....let this be their last terms in office!!!

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Election fraud plays a BIG part in these leftist miscreants gaining office. Vote-by-mail is the chief conduit. Illegal voting, broken chain of ballot custody via ballot harvesting and breach of handling procedures, and ballot stuffing where MORE Democrat votes "suddenly" appear is quite classic and all of these are used all over the country. The left is NOT going to sit idly by as Sen. Kim Thatcher gets closer to LAWFULLY winning the race for Oregon Sec. of State.


'Portland police report 240% increase in July shootings compared to 2019' And there will no doubt be more now that the mayor and city council voted to defund the police.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.