N. Portland park evacuated after shootout

Credit: Mike Benner

N. Portland park evacuated after shootout

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

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Posted on July 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 9:21 AM

PORTLAND -- Police surrounded and evacuated a popular North Portland park after gunshots rang out between two sets of suspects in the area late Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses told police a minivan pulled up and someone fire shots into a group on the corner of Peninsula Park, near the intersection of Rosa Parks Way and N. Borthwick.

Someone in the group shot back before the minivan took off and the men fled on foot, witnesses said.

"They were shooting at each other so it was two the first time and maybe four the second time," said Michael Johnson.

There were no reports of injuries.

Rosa Parks Way was blocked off by police, between Albina and Kerby Streets, during the manhunt. Gang enforcement officers also responded.

"Very angry, that there's no virtue or no respect for anyboy's kids, there are toddlers here," Johnson said.

Peninsula Park, located at 700 N Rosa Parks Way, has a popular kids play area, a splash pad, and a pool.

Swimmers and staff in the pool at the time of the shooting were moved into the locker room areas, as a safety precaution, said Mark Ross, a spokesman for Portland Parks and Recreation.  Ross said the doors were locked and police were on the scene.

Parents were being directed to go to the corner of Rosa Parks Way and Kirby, to talk to police and pick up their children. Children at the daycare were being escorted to their parents' cars.

The suspects were described as four African-American males in their teens or 20s.

Peninsula Park is Portland's second oldest playground and also has the city's first public rose garden, first community center, and a historically designated bandstand.  It was very busy with families and children escaping the heat in the water Thursday when the shots rang out.

KGW Reporter Mike Benner contributed to this report

 


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