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Car hits officer responding to gang shooting, no injuries

An police officer driving to the scene of a gang-related shooting was hit by another car Saturday evening.

No one was seriously hurt in the accident, but the driver of the other car was cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

The accident occurred at North Willamette Boulevard and Washburne Avenue. Both cars required tow trucks.

No one was apparently injured in the shooting, either, although a suspect fleeing the scene in a vehicle crashed and was detained. The name of the driver not immediately released.

According to police, the incident began at 8:08 p.m. on Feb. 7 when North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired at Woodlawn Park in Northeast Portland.

Several officers arrived and found evidence of gunfire along the east side of the park and in the neighborhood immediately south of the park. The evidence included several parked cars with gunfire damage.

Officers saw one vehicle leaving the area and followed it. The driver tried to evade police but crashed near Jefferson High School. The driver then ran from the car but was located and detained a short time later.

Several other checked the neighborhood for any other people who may have run from the car, but none were found.

No shooting victims were located near Woodlawn Park, and none arrived at area hospitals, police say.

Based on information learned at the scene, the shooting is believed to be gang-related and the Gang Enforcement Team is leading the investigation.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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