PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – More than 150 bullets were fired outside an apartment building striking at least eight occupied apartments, seven cars and wounding one woman in northeast Portland Friday night. Police are unsure if the cars hit by gunfire were occupied at the time.
Portland police responded to the shooting at about 11: 08 p.m. in the 600 Block of northeast 87th Avenue. Responding officers closed northeast 87th Avenue north of northeast Glisan Street in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood.
Neighbors tell FOX 12 that they had never seen this type of crime before.
“It’s like rapid fire, pow, pow, pow and where I was sitting a bullet just came flying through directly over my head and lodged on the wall,” Kemoh Sulimani.
“I looked out my window and right as I looked some gunshots just started erupting, Aragon Marks said.
Both men tell FOX 12 that they’re still terrified.
“The first thing by instinct was to hit the floor so I began crawling I turned the lights off I crawled out of my room like a baby,” Sulimani said.
Once officers secured the scene and found evidence of more than 150 rounds had been fired. The woman suffering from a gunshot wound in the arm and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She’s expected to survive.
Marks said he helped the woman who was shot while she waited for the paramedics.
“I ran inside and grabbed my medic bag and I applied a tourniquet to her arm. It looked like she was shot once and I got the bleeding to stop,” he said.
Marks said the area hasn’t been dangerous until recently when a shooting on July 27th left a man dead.
“We don’t feel safe here especially with it happening so crazy here like this and so soon. You know they shot everywhere, walls that weren’t even by anybody,” he said.
The two men are begging for city leaders to invest in more officers so that this doesn’t happen again.
“They had like a gang violence task force that are no longer funded which is unfortunate because as soon as that defunding happened all of this really peaked up,” Sulimani said.
“This is America and it’s a war zone with 150 shots in an apartment complex close to a Christian university how can we explain that?” Marks said.
The two neighbors we spoke with say they will be moving out of the complex because they no longer feel safe here.
The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call Portland Police Bureau’s non-emergency at 503-823-3333 and reference case number 20-238571.
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