PORTLAND -- Two teens have been indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury for Oct.5 gang shootings that came after the funeral of man shot dead in downtown Portland.
The retaliatory gunfire came just after a funeral for Andre Payton, 19, who died in a hail of bullets Sept 26th at NW 2nd and Couch.
His funeral was Oct. 5th, amidst heavy police security.
Police were dispatched about 2:20 p.m. that day to Northeast Rodney on a report of shots fired. They found a 16-year-old hit in the legs, according to bureau spokeswoman Lt. Kelli Sheffer.
The teen was taken to the hospital, where he told police the shots had come from a passing car, which was later found by police, she said.
As police investigated the shooting, they determined that the victim had attended Payton's funeral. He himself had fired shots in unison with another 16-year-old after the service, Sheffer said.
That incident was in the 3800 block of North Gantenbein. No one was hit. The Rodney shooting was in retaliation for the Gantenbein shooting, Sheffer said.
When the shooting victim was released from the hospital, he was taken into custody and taken to the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Center on accusations attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
The 16-year-old who was with him in the Gantenbein shooting was first arrested in Clark County and moved to Multnomah County with the same accusations.
Gang detectives continue to investigate the shootings. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Todd Gradwahl at (503) 823-2056.