On February 19, 2022, at 8:01p, Portland Police officers responded to a shooting call near the intersection of Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast Hassalo Street. When officers arrived they located a female victim who was deceased. Additional shooting victims, two men and three women, were transported to area hospitals and their status is unknown at this time.
A preliminary investigation into the shooting indicates this incident started with a confrontation between an armed homeowner and armed protesters.
Authorities said the scene was extremely chaotic, and a number of witnesses were uncooperative with responding officers. Most people on scene left without talking to police. Detectives believe a large number of people either witnessed what happened, or recorded the incident as it unfolded. Police say the entire incident is very complicated, and investigators are trying to put this puzzle together without having all the pieces.
This was one of several violent shootings that took place in Oregon’s largest city, over the weekend.
“There have been several shootings in the last 72-hours. These shootings have spanned our neighborhoods from East to West. My heart goes out to those that have lost a loved one to this violence. When a person decides to pick up a gun and use it to threaten, harm, and take away another person’s life, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It sends shockwaves across our entire community. As your District Attorney, I remain committed to holding perpetrators of violence accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Likewise, I am overcome with gratitude for the people on the front lines responding to these tragedies. For every fatal shooting, police officers, medical workers, prosecutors, and even neighbors put their safety at risk, and often their lives on hold. This takes an incredible toll. This work is traumatic and difficult if not impossible to leave at the door when you get home. As I and everyone in my office work diligently to review the facts and evidence of each shooting, issue charges, and prosecute, we hold two infallible truths closest to our hearts: victims deserve justice and harm cannot and will not go unaccounted for,” remarked District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
Courtesy of Portland Police Bureau