Shooting prompts police to increase anti-gang patrols
UPDATE • Victims were all teens hanging out a house
Portland police are stepping up anti-gang patrols during the holiday weekend to prevent revenge shootings after six teenagers were wounded in North Portland late Friday.
During a Saturday afternoon press conference, city officials told reporters that the victims in Friday night's shooting were between 13 and 17, and that they had been shot in a close-up 'ambush' while apparently relaxing at an abandoned house near North Albina Avenue and Jessup Street.
Police later identified the victims as: Earnest Henderson, 13; Deontray Henderson, 17; Demarcus Stuart, 17; Deshawn Crawford, 16; Deaundre Willis, 16; and Howard Williams, 16.
Police described the suspects as two African-American men who fled the area on foot.
'These a very young, young men, young Portlanders,' Mayor Sam Adams said of the victims.
He deplored the shootings, saying they were a problem for the entire city, not just North Portland.
Adams encouraged anyone with information about the suspects to call police to prevent more violence.
Fox 12 contributed to this story.