Gang police step up patrols after N Portland shooting

Gang police step up patrols after N Portland shooting

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Posted on December 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 12:52 PM

PORTLAND – A North Portland home was struck by at least two dozen bullets Thursday night in what police believe is a gang-related incident.

Ten people were inside the home, including children. Remarkably, no one was injured.

The shooting marked the 104th gang-related crime in Portland this year, which is down from last year, but prompted police to step up patrols Friday night.

Curtis Brown said his family was watching TV when the bullets started coming in through the windows and walls.

Police evidence markers show at least three bullets were stopped by the TV and two more passed through a hanging mirror.

Brown said his mother and young children were inside but somehow everyone escaped unharmed.

”Cowards,” Brown said of the shooters. “Shooting up a house, don’t even know if there are kids or old ladies or whatever inside, cowards to me man, that’s all, cowards.”

Brown said he doesn’t know who was behind the attack, but investigators consider it gang-related.

Later Friday night, police stepped up patrols, trying to cool tensions between local gangs, Even the smallest traffic stops, police found, can yield big dividends in the fight against violence.

"Our whole point is to prevent that next shooting. We do that by stopping cars, stopping people, trying to catch them with guns, catch them with warrants, and break that cycle of violence," said Gang Enforcement Officer Charlie Asheim.

 

 

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