Four people, including two teenagers and an 11-year-old boy, were injured after more than 100 shots were fired during an illegal street race in North Portland early Monday morning, police said.
One of the victims was identified as a person who allegedly fired the shots and was arrested, police said.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 6300 block of North Marine Drive just after midnight, with some callers reporting the shots were linked to a group of ‘several hundred people’ gathered for a run illegal street parking, police said.
Officers at the scene found no casualties, police said, but found nearly 100 casings.
Soon after, local hospitals began reporting people coming in with gunshot wounds, officials said. An 18-year-old woman, a 16-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy were all treated for injuries, although it is unclear whether the youngest victim was hit by gunfire or injured by gunfire. shrapnel, police said.
Another man, Adrian Dangelo Ramirez, 21, also showed up injured at the hospital and was later identified by investigators as a suspect. He was arrested for attempted murder, assault and unlawful use of a weapon, police said.
None of the injuries were deemed fatal, police said.
Large street racing events have become common in parts of North Portland in recent years, with participants closing major intersections and sometimes blocking freeway traffic to spin their tires and do donuts.
Police said on Monday they had seen the results of targeted law enforcement last fall, including the implementation of a new city ordinance that allows officers to seize vehicles from people involved in the events. . However, rallies appeared to be resuming, according to Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
“We are fortunate that no one was more seriously injured or killed over the weekend,” Lovell said in a statement. “Unfortunately, these require considerable resources to deal with and can be dangerous not only for those involved, but also for the innocent road users who are often affected.”
The shooting comes as Portland continues to face a scourge of gun violence. So far this year, more than 300 shootings have been confirmed in the city, resulting in more than 100 injuries, and Portland has seen 24 homicides, almost all by shooting. On Sunday evening, a man was fatally shot in northeast Portland near an intersection that has seen four people fatally shot in the past eight months.
Police said they believe there were more victims and witnesses linked to Monday morning’s shooting and asked anyone with information to contact investigators quoting case number 22-82413 .
– Kale Williams; [email protected]; 503-294-4048; @sfkale