PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Portland police said they responded to 14 shooting calls in just 28 hours over the weekend.
One of them left one person dead and three others were injured.
In the East Precinct, five shots fired calls were taken in the span of about 3 hours. At one of the shootings, a sergeant was left to process one of the crime scenes alone. At another crime scene, officers needed the help of community members to block traffic while they looked for and collected evidence.
On Friday at 9:47 p.m., in the 6800 block of North Williams there was a shooting call with non-life-threatening injuries. Responding officers provided trauma care. A firearm was recovered from the scene. Case 21-281546
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Portland police say one man was found dead after reports of a shooting in the Portsmouth neighborhood in north Portland.
On Saturday at 5:11 p.m., a walk-in gunshot wound victim arrived at a local hospital. The victim was suffering from serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. It is unknown where the shooting occurred at this time. Case 21-282262.
At 8:26 p.m., in the 3200 block of Southeast 165th Avenue officers found an occupied home struck multiple times by gunfire. Officers observed a vehicle travelling westbound at a high rate of speed on Southeast Holgate, which matched the description of a vehicle described leaving the scene of the shooting. Officers were able to stop and detain the people inside.
Further investigation led to the arrest of two people, 20-year-old Martin Rosario and 20-year-old Keylin Proby, who were both arrested for attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon. Two firearms were recovered related to this incident. Case 21-282378.
At 11:18 p.m., in the 11300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard officers arrived and found a victim suffering from a serious, but non-life threatening gunshot wound. Officers provided immediate trauma care and the victim was transported to an area hospital. Case 21- 282498.
Portland police officers were stretched thin as they responded to the influx of shooting calls over the weekend.
"We were below minimum staffing which is another thing that’s becoming more common just due to low staffing and officers resigning," said Patrol Sergeant Julian Carroll. "We were stretched pretty thin trying to deal with all the shootings and all the crime scenes."
One of those 14 calls at Southeast 122nd and Southeast Harold was held up for more than 20 minutes because there were no officers available to respond. Carroll says a lieutenant had to respond to the scene alone and had to get help from people in the area to process the scene.
"Several citizens approached I think recognizing the situation and offered to help normally we wouldn’t do this but just out of sheer desperation we accepted their help," Carroll said. "One citizen stopped traffic for the lieutenant and another citizen actually assisted in dropping placards on the brass casings while the sergeant took measurements."
Investigators believe some of the shootings were related and, in total, at least 151 casings were recovered from the 14 crime scenes.
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