40-year-old man killed in Old Town shooting

One person dead inside crashed car after report of shooting in the Old Town neighborhood of Portland on Sept. 7, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The man who was killed in a shooting and crash in the Old Town neighborhood of Portland late Thursday night has been identified as 40-year-old Desmond A. Garrett.

Garrett was a resident of Portland, police said. The Oregon State Medical Examiner found Garrett died as a result of being struck by gunfire. 

Police responding to the report of a shooting near Northwest 5th Avenue and Everett Street at around 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 7 found a crashed sedan with Garrett inside, suffering traumatic injuries.

Witnesses performed CPR to try to save Garrett's life but he died at the scene, according to Sgt. Chris Burley of the Portland Police Bureau.

Witnesses told investigators they had heard gunshots just before the sedan crashed into a small power box, and then crashed into a pickup truck. A man in the pickup was taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.

Officers found evidence of gunfire near Northwest 6th Avenue and Everett Street, including several bullet holes in a nearby building, Burley said. Evidence of more gunfire was found about half a block away. 

No arrests have been made. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762.

From the Portland Police Bureau:

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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