Slew of Portland shootings may be gang-related
Police have arrested a suspect in one of four Sunday afternoon shooting incidents.
Bennie Gene London III, 15, of Portland was arrested Monday, Jan. 9, on allegations of three counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm in connection with a shooting in the 600 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau.
London is believed to be a gang associate. He was transported to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home. Because he is a juvenile, no picture is available.
Investigators from the Gang Enforcement Team served multiple search warrants in connection with the arrest and recovered a .22-caliber rifle they believe was used in the shooting.
Police also arrested two other people associated with London on unrelated charges: Aundrell Joquan Young, 21, and Issac Daurel Burks Jr., 21, both of Portland and documented gang members.
At this point, gang investigators do not believe that this shooting was connected to four other shootings Sunday afternoon, a fifth shooting early Monday and yet a sixth shooting Tuesday.
Of the five Sunday afternoon shootings that Portland police are investigating, two happened in East Multnomah County. The shooting on 162nd Avenue was reported as someone firing multiple shots after which the suspect ran away. No victims were found, but two 19-year-old men later arrived at a hospital with minor injuries from broken glass.
Then, about half an hour later at 2:45 p.m., in the 3300 block of Southeast 143rd Avenue, officers responded to reports of another shooting. There, they found evidence of a shooting in front of a house.
Other shootings took place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at a home in the 6800 block of Southeast 72nd Avenue at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, near North Fremont Street and Williams Avenue, where at least one vehicle was hit by gunfire; at midnight Monday, Jan. 9, near North Iris Way and Swenson Street, where a car was damaged in a parking lot; and at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at a home in the 5500 block of Northeast 48th Avenue, where a house was damaged by gunfire.
Nobody appears to have been shot during the incidents, but police noted that several residents, including children, were home during the shootings.