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Hales decries shootings, announces Monday forum

Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - Police secure the scene of the fatal shooting in east Portland.Mayor Charlie Hales has decried a series of shootings over the weekend that left a woman dead and four men wounded.

In statement released Monday at noon, Hales said the weekend ended with the 87th gang-related police call this year, a dramatic increase over previous years.

Hales also announced that a community “Enough is Enough” forum will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Community Policing Center, 449 N.E. Emerson St.

Ervaeua Herring was shot to death in her apartment at the Eastwood Village at SE 151st and Powell. The 21-year-old mother was not in a gang, but police said the shooting was gang-related.

Her grandmother told KOIN 6 News she doesn’t understand why Herring was killed.

“I don’t know because she ain’t did nothing. Must have been some of those folks she was messing with,” she said Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, three people were shot after a fight got out of control near SW 3rd and Ash in downtown Portland. The victims, all between 21 and 37, will survive.

And late Sunday, officers responded to Northgate Park after a shooting and stabbing on N. Fessenden Street. One wounded man is expected to recover.

The following is the text of Hales' statement:

This weekend, Portland saw an intolerable outbreak of gun violence: a 12:37 a.m. Sunday shooting on Southeast Third Avenue; a 5 a.m. shooting on Powell Boulevard; a 10:41 p.m. shooting in Northgate Park.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the neighbors of everyone affected by this violence in our city. This is the 87th gang-related violence [police] call in our city this year — a dramatic increase from recent years.

The community is organizing an “Enough is Enough” meeting, 6 p.m., at the Community Policing Center, 449 N.E. Emerson St. This is a meeting organized by the community, for the community. The goal is to stop violence within our community; and to provide support for victims, their families, and Portlanders at large.

Participants will be asked for their guidance and advice within their areas of interest.

For more information, contact the Office of Youth Violence Prevention at (503) 823-3584.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this story.