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57 bullet casings found in East Portland; more than 1,000 shootings reported this year

Two homes, four cars, one mailbox and one fence were hit by bullets. No one was injured.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police responded to a call for shots fired at Southeast 165th and Main Street in Portland early Saturday at around 12:48 a.m.

They found the street covered with 57 casings and four live rounds. Two homes, four cars, one mailbox and one fence had been hit by bullets. No one was injured.

Jacqueline Valenzuela was home with her family and baby when shots rang out. "Since it was so many gunshots at once it sounded like fireworks," she remembered.

But the scariest moment for the family, was when a bullet went through their home. "We were in the living room watching tv, five minutes before everything happened," said Valenzuela. "In our living room was where it struck, we are thankful that nothing happened and everyone is safe."

But they no longer feel safe in the neighborhood and hope to move out soon.

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Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell tweeted on Saturday that Portland police had recorded more than 1,000 shootings this year alone.

Police say all strikes in the Saturday morning shooting appeared to be unintentional. The Portland Police Bureau’s Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) is actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information is urged to e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 21-288807.

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