Viet investigation- PORTLAND, Ore. – A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg early Sunday morning in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood, police said. Detectives said gang members appear to have been involved in the shooting.
The shooting happened around 2:45 a.m., Lt. Pete Simpson said. Officers first got reports of gunfire at NW 4th Avenue and Davis Street. Moments later, somebody fired more shots two blocks away at NW 5th Avenue and Everett Street.
“The sounds were so alarming that you knew immediately when something happened, something serious was going down,” said witness Mychal Williams.
When officers arrived, they found Xabian Robert Riley at NW 3rd Avenue and Davis. He had been shot in the leg and was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. He was still in the hospital as of Sunday afternoon, police said.
Investigators said Riley was shot at NW 4th and Davis. Gang Enforcement Team detectives arrived and set up a crime scene stretching between the two shooting locations.
The suspect is a black male who was wearing a white t-shirt and black pants, Lt. Simpson said. He was last seen running westbound on Davis. Detectives have not made any arrests.
Simpson said the shooting was the first significant act of violence in Old Town since officers started stepped-up patrols aimed at curbing crime in the neighborhood. The patrols include more patrol officers in the area and an increased presence from officers on the Gang Enforcement Team.
“It’s been a cohesive effort between several different units and we are seeing good results,” he said. “We haven’t had a shooting down there in a while.” He added that despite the patrols, you can’t stop every shooting from happening.
Paul Fujita helps run a skateboard shop just a few blocks from the latest shooting and has worked in Old Town for 25 years. He said the crackdown by police is paying off so far.
“We’re just glad to see the process kind of bear fruit pretty quickly and get things back in order a little bit,” he said.
Anyone with information about the Sunday morning shooting can call Detective Brad Clifton at (503) 823-2087.
KATU reporter Bob Heye and KATU.com producer John Tierney contributed to this report