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14 Sep 2014
15 Sep 2014
Two homeless men wounded in early morning shooting
One man hospitalized after attack in Southeast Portland
Two homeless men were shot as they slept in Southeast Portland early Wednesday morning.
Police say one man was shot in the chest and taken to an area hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.
A bullet grazed the side of the other man's body.
Their names were not released.
The drive-by shooting happened at Southeast 2nd and Belmont Street under the Morrison Bridge approach ramp. The two men were sleeping on cardboard boxes when they were shot around 5 a.m.
Witnesses said a black four-door pickup drove past and someone inside fired several shots at the men.
No suspects have been located.
Those who work with and advocate for the homeless were quick to condemn the shooting.
Commissioner Nick Fish, who has worked to create more housing for the homeless, said, "This shameful criminal act reminds us that everyone in our community deserves a safe and decent place to call home."
According to Fish, nearly half of those who completed a survey for the city's 2011 street count of the homeless reported being the victim of physical violence or attack.
The Rev. Chuck Curry called the shootings "nothing short of a terrorist attack." He said violence against the homeless is a national epidemic and called on people to pray for the two men who were shot.
KOIN Local 6 contributed to this story.