PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The City of Portland is seeing an alarming increase in gun violence, according to new numbers from the Portland Police Bureau.
The bureau is reporting almost four times as many shootings in the first couple weeks of July compared to the same time period last year.
The numbers are separate from the ongoing protests, law enforcement says. Police Chief Chuck Lovell says they’re talking about shootings across all parts of the city and cases of domestic violence.
According to PPB, there have been 42 shootings in Portland in the first 12 days of July, compared to 11 in that same time frame last year.
Last week, police say five people were killed in a span of 24 hours, including 18-year-old Shai-India Harris, who was shot near Southeast 84th and Flavel. Family members said the shooting occurred after Harris had an argument with her boyfriend.
Lovell on Monday called the recent violence staggering and said the bureau has had tog et creative to stay on top of each case after losing the Gun Violence Reduction Team.
“We’ve had to re resource our folks because of the loss of the GVRT, but I want to assure you that these cases are still important and being investigated,” Lovell said. “We’re having to rely a little bit more heavily on patrol.”
Lovell said there doesn’t seem to be a clear reason for the spike in violence.
Lovell and Mayor Ted Wheeler are calling on the community for help. Anyone with information about any recent crimes is asked to contact Portland police.
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