In a tragic incident that unfolded on the night of December 2, 2023, a man lost his life in a shooting in Portland’s Centennial neighborhood. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing issues of gun violence and its impact on communities. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of the incident and its broader implications.
On the fateful night, around 10:25 p.m., Portland police received reports of a shooting near the intersection of Southeast 148th Avenue and Taggert Street. Responding swiftly, officers found a man at the scene, critically injured from the gunfire. Despite their efforts to save his life, the victim tragically succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.
As of now, the authorities have not made any immediate arrests in connection with the incident. To aid in their investigation, the police have reached out to the public for assistance. They are urging anyone with information about the case to come forward and help with the ongoing investigation. Detectives Eric McDaniel and Scott Broughton can be contacted at Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503–823–0833, and Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503–823–3774, respectively. Please reference case number 23–311472 when providing information.
This tragic event marks the second shooting death in the Centennial neighborhood within a week, following a similar incident the previous Saturday night in the 3700 block of Southeast 154th Avenue. Detectives Shaye Samora and Tony Harris are also seeking information related to the earlier case, and you can reach out to them at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503–823–0768, and Tony.Harris@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503–823–0441, referencing case number 23–306127.
Friday night’s shooting brings the total number of homicides in Portland to 69 for the year. While this number is lower than the same period last year when 95 homicides had occurred, it’s essential to remember that Portland experienced a record-breaking 101 homicides in total last year. The statistics underline the urgent need for addressing the complex issues surrounding gun violence in the city.
The recent shooting incident in Portland’s Centennial neighborhood is a somber reminder of the challenges that many communities across the United States face due to gun violence. As the investigation continues, it’s crucial for residents to support law enforcement efforts and work towards finding sustainable solutions to reduce violence in our neighborhoods. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, and we hope that justice is served as the case unfolds.