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13-year-old boy critically wounded in Southeast Portland shooting

The teen was hospitalized in critical condition. The shooting happened near the area of Southeast 112th Avenue and Southeast Lincoln Street.

PORTLAND, Oregon — A 13-year-old boy was critically injured following a report of a shooting in Southeast Portland Wednesday evening, according to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

Officers responded to the shooting in a neighborhood near the area of Southeast 112th Avenue and Southeast Lincoln Street just before 4 p.m. The 13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital for his injuries. 

As of Thursday morning, Portland police said it hadn't heard of the teen's prognosis, but that he was "conscious and talking at the scene." A news release later in the day said the teen was listed as being in critical condition after being hospitalized.

Officers have not released any further information about the extent of the teen's injuries and has not identified him. Police initially described his age as 14 but later said they had incorrect initial information and he was actually 13.

Portland police has also not said what may have happened in the moments leading up to the shooting. Officers have not arrested anyone connected to the incident and said the suspect, or suspects, are "outstanding."

Police said the shooting happened in a busy area and there may be witnesses who have not yet spoken to investigators. Anyone with information about this shooting are asked to e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-61363.

The bureau's Focused Intervention Team (FIT), which consists of officers and sergeants, responded to the scene. FIT launched in 2022 to address the city's gun violence problem.

Like many large metro areas across the U.S., the city of Portland has grappled with the issue of increasing shootings and homicides in the past few years. As of Feb. 26, police have reported 9 homicides in 2023. There were 96 homicides in 2022, which surpassed 2021's record-setting 90 homicides.

This is a developing story and it will be updated when more information becomes available.

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