PORTLAND, Ore. — A man who was shot and killed Oct. 14 near the Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland was identified Thursday by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). The man's name was Gage Vincent Lewis (Vitchell). He was 28 years old.
Police reported earlier Thursday that a suspect in the homicide was arrested. Andre J. Poston, 31, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and faces charges of second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.
The shooting happened near Holladay Park on Northeast Holladay Street just before 4:30 p.m. When police arrived, they found a person who had been shot. First responders took him to the hospital where he later died.
It was the second shooting to take place in the Lloyd District this month.
On Oct. 5 police descended on Northeast Grand Avenue after at least one deputy with Multnomah County Sheriff's Office opened fire at a suspect. This incident was one of three separate crime scenes in the area.
Homicides on the rise in Portland
The city of Portland has grappled with an ongoing increase in violence over the past few years. There were 88 homicides in Portland in 2021, up from 57 in 2020 and 36 in 2019, according to a police dashboard that tracks crime statistics. Portland police reports there have been 78 homicides in the city this year, which puts Portland on pace to exceed last year's number of homicides.
Here's a look at the number of homicides in Portland each year since 2016, according to the PPB dashboard:
- 2022: 76 (as of Oct. 17)
- 2021: 88
- 2020: 57
- 2019: 36
- 2018: 26
- 2017: 25
- 2016: 16