Lots of brass, no bodies.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Officers responded to four shootings in different Portland on Sunday alone, authorities said.
The shootings happened in the Hazelwood, Parkrose and Centennial neighborhoods.
The first shooting was reported around 4 a.m. in the Hazelwood neighborhood near the 13600 block of East Burnside Street; responding officers found one shell casing, but no evidence of any bullet strikes or a victim.
The next shooting happened in the 4600 block of Northeast 102nd Avenue in the Parkrose neighborhood just before 1:30 p.m., when responding officers found a victim who was taken to a local hospital, Portland Police Bureau said. The victim’s current condition is unknown.
Officers in the East Precinct responded to more reported gunfire in Hazelwood just before 9 p.m., which was reported near Southeast 139th Avenue and Southeast Main Street. Officers found at least 21 shell casings, but did not find a victim and did not see noticeable property damage.
Meanwhile, while officers were responding to the second Hazelwood scene, they heard gunfire to the northeast, authorities said. When they responded to the scene in the Centennial neighborhood, authorities say witnesses flagged down officers and reported the shots were fired from a vehicle, which had left the scene. Twelve shell casings were found and officers noted bullets hit a nearby vehicle and building.
Authorities said they did not have “enough certainty” about the vehicle or suspects to release descriptions.
All of the shootings remain under investigation.
Hazelwood continues to lead in the Aspiring Rapper Fantasy League rankings. Parkrose lags well behind and, on paper at least, looks like a quieter neighborhood. Centennial is a perennial contender. Sellwood-Moreland is a neighborhood that isn’t known for gun violence. Two people were shot an killed in a bar shootout there last Saturday night. Portland police report:
Two men were shot, one fatally, at a bar in the Sellwood Moreland Neighborhood.
On Friday, February 27, 2021 at 11:28p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of two people shot at a bar in the 8300 block of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard. When they arrived they found two injured victims. Medical responded and found one deceased. The other was transported by ambulance to a hospital with life threatening injuries.
The suspects left the scene before police arrived. No suspect information is being released at this time…
The second shooting victim in this incident died in the hospital Sunday, February 28, 2021. Additional information, including the names of the two people who died in this incident will be released at a later time.
As shootings were flaring up throughout the city Saturday night antifa descended on the gentrified Pearl District to smash windows and engage with police.
Arrests were made during a destructive protest in the Pearl District Neighborhood Saturday evening.
On Saturday, February 27, 2021 at about 9:00p.m., a group began marching from The Fields Park at 1099 Northwest Overton Street. During the march, which lasted over two hours, some individuals spray painted buildings and broke windows. When destructive acts began, officers responded. The Portland Police Bureau began giving advisements to the group over loudspeaker, “To those marching in the Pearl District: Officers have observed and community members have reported members of this group have damaged buildings in the Pearl District. Immediately stop participating in criminal behavior including damaging property. Failure to adhere to this order may subject perpetrators to detention, citation, arrest, or use of crowd control agents, including, but not limited to, tear gas and/or impact weapons. Immediately stop participating in criminal activity.” While tear gas use is currently restricted, state law requires that warning be given.
Police response was constrained by multiple shooting incidents happening across the city, limiting the officers available to address the criminal behavior in the protest. Still, officers responded to the criminal behavior and made two arrests. Items that could be used as weapons were seized, including a large bat.
One of Saturday’s shooting suspects attempted to flee across the state line to Washington
A suspect has been arrested in Vancouver, Washington for charges related to the shooting Saturday morning in the St. Johns Neighborhood.
On Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:14p.m., North Precinct officers located a suspect vehicle related to the shooting and followed it as it drove northbound Interstate-5 into Washington State. Vancouver Police Department officers responded to assist and stopped the car on I-5 at about Northeast 78th Street in Hazel Dell.
Jaron Mulkey, 35, was booked in the Clark County Jail on an arrest warrant for Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. An extradition hearing will take place at a later time.
In Saturday’s chaos a 14 and 15 year-old were apprehended after a chase in Laurelhurst Park
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 14-year-old and 15-year-old were arrested and charged with multiple crimes for their alleged roles in a carjacking early Sunday morning near Portland’s Laurelhurst Park.
Officers from the Portland Police Bureau were dispatched to the Kerns neighborhood just before 1 a.m. on a report that a person had just had their car stolen at gunpoint by two teenagers.
After arriving in the area of SE 31st Avenue and SE Pine Street, officers found the stolen vehicle and tried to stop it. PPB said the car eluded police and was driving so erratically that the pursuit had to be suspended in order to keep the community safe.
Soon after the chase, police found the car unoccupied near SE 28th Avenue and SE Hawthorne Street. Officers subsequently found two teens matching the descriptions of the suspects and took them into custody.
No gun was found during a search of the area where the teens were apprehended.
Both suspects have been charged with Robbery I, Robbery II — one of the two also faces Attempt to Elude.
The antifa protesters who showed up to trash the Pearl District met with resistance from locals
Some fights also broke out in the street between spectators and protesters. In one video shot by an independent journalist, a woman can be heard exchanging words with someone in the group dressed in black bloc. The woman yelled several racial slurs as the confrontation eventually escalated to physical violence with punches thrown.
Residents in the Pearl could also be heard yelling at protesters, telling them to “go home” at some points. Protesters yelled expletives back at the residents.
Two people were arrested during the demonstration…
Police said they were limited to addressing criminal behavior among the protesters due to several shootings that had occurred around the city while the demonstration was going on.
Pearl District Neighborhood Association President Stan Penkin said he is “disappointed” in the lack of communication between the community and the city on how to respond to the demonstrations, particularly when there was advanced warning that there would be destruction.
“We’re doing everything we can,” he said. “It’s certainly a frightening and frustrating time not just for our neighborhood but I think for the entire city.”
Penkin said that while he doesn’t know why the Pearl District was a target for Saturday’s demonstration — other than it being the location of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services field office — he suspects it may be because the neighborhood is “erroneously” portrayed as being for the elite.
“We are often mislabeled and perhaps some of those folks feel that they can target the Pearl because of that.”
The Pearl is seen as heavily gentrified and the businesses there as fair game.
The fun isn’t confined to Portland.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Shots were fired and an officer was injured after his patrol vehicle was rammed twice by a stolen van in Cowlitz County.
Just before midnight on Sunday, a Castle Rock police officer was attempting to stop the stolen vehicle near Toutle, Washington. The driver of the van then reportedly rammed the patrol car twice and the officer fired off gunshots.
The van was struck but its occupants fled on foot, unharmed. However, the officer suffered serious injuries. The officer was transported for medical treatment, but there is no word on their current condition.
The driver and passenger from the van were located once the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and several police agencies responded to the scene.
The two suspects, identified as 40-year-old Dale Woodley Jr. and 33-year-old Timothy Bean, were arrested and now face charges including assault, attempting to elude a law enforcement.
White and polite West Linn is showing encouraging signs of increased diversity
WEST LINN, Ore. (KOIN) — Deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting in Millersburg after reports of multiple gunshots fired into a duplex on the 4300 block of Waverly Drive Saturday night, Linn County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
Deputies said no one was injured during the shooting, but bullets penetrated a home, nearly missing two people. It is unclear if the two people were the suspect’s initial target.
Perhaps the expected increase in corpses inspired this law allowing “human composting”
House bill 2574, sponsored by representatives Pam Marsh and Brian L. Clem, would allow bodies to be disposed of by alternative processes, including natural organic reduction — colloquially known as human composting. It also clarifies rules surrounding alkaline hydrolysis, known as aqua cremation, and extends other funeral industry privileges and responsibilities to include reduction…
If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, 2022, and would make Oregon the second state in the nation to permit the practice.
Washington became the first state to allow natural organic reduction in 2020. In late December, two facilities received their first bodies, and the process officially got underway.