PORTLAND -- A man was shot in the arm early Thursday morning after a coerced attempt to deal drugs by two men who had just committed a strong-arm robbery at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

Police were dispatched about 3:20 a.m. on a report of gunfire and found two men who had been robbed at gunpoint, said Lt. Robert King. One of the victims had his shoes stolen.

Officers then learned that a person nearby had been hit by the reported gunfire.

The same two suspects had gone on to a 7 Eleven and confronted three people with an offer to sell them drugs. They declined. As one got into a car to leave, one of the suspects walked up to the car window and fired a round into the car, hitting the driver in the arm, King said.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The suspects were described as two black men, about 30. The gunman had a heavy build. A search of the area did not locate the suspects.

Police did not tie this crime to earlier incidents of street robberies in the area during early morning hours. Robberies 30 minutes apart happened at Northeast 43rd Avenue and Fremont and at Northeast 50th and Sandy.

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