Police tackle gang violence
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE • Friday shooting victim identified, police seize six guns in separate incident
A 16-year-old boy was shot twice Friday evening in what Portland police describe as a gang-related incident.
Francisco Javier Ortiz suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was shot in the right arm and right leg.
Police say Ortiz and two other people were walking on Southeast 84th Avenue just south of Foster Road at around 6:20 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and words were exchanged with people inside the vehicle. A front seat passenger shot Ortiz. The vehicle drove away after the shooting.
The shooting suspect was described as a skinny 18-year-old Hispanic male. The driver was a male Hispanic and a passenger in the back seat was a Hispanic woman. The car is described as light-colored vehicle, unknown make or model.
Portland's Gang Violence Response Team is investigating the shooting.
Mayor calls for 'partnership'
According to police, Friday's shooting was the 27th incident this year classified as a gang-related call. There were 20 such incidents through all of April last year.
In response, Portland police have launched Operation Cool Down, an effort to reduce gang violence. Police officers, gang outreach workers and community members will work with gang members to curb the violence.
Friday morning, Mayor Sam Adams met with civic leaders in North and Northeast Portland looking for solutions to the continuing gang problems. Adams urged the community to work with police to reduce the violence, at the same time pledging that city and police would do their parts.
'This is intolerable, tragic, and preventable,' Adams said. 'Gang violence is a priority for me, for the city and for the Portland Police Bureau. But it needs to be a community partnership.'
Late last year, the City Council passed a series of ordinances proposed by Mayor Sam Adams to reduce gun-related violence.
Guns taken from group
Also Friday, at about 8:23 p.m., officers from the Gang Enforcement Team and North Precinct responded to Overlook Park in North Portland to talk with a group of people gathered there, including several suspected gang members.
According to the police, as officers entered the park, several people from the group ran away. Officers contacted the remaining members of the group, estimated to be at least 30 people, and eventually recovered six handguns and made six arrests for a variety of charges.
Those arrested were:
• Adonis Lapreal Thompson, 18, charged with with carrying a concealed firearm, having a weapon in a park and possession of a loaded firearm in public.
• Marcel Mitchell Bryant Jr., 18, charged with first-degree theft, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a loaded firearm and two counts of having a weapon in the park.
• Fernando Gonzales, 35, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, interfering with a police officer, possession of a loaded firearm and having a weapon in the park.
• Bruce Derick Hall Jr., 19, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and having a weapon in the park.
• Manuelito Fernando Gonzales, 19, charged with a probation violation.
• Damion Deshawn Holcomb, 32, charged with a parole violation.
All six people arrested were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.
Fox 12 contributed to this news story.