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Gang violence continues at record pace

Gang violence in 2016 is running slightly ahead of last year's record-setting pace, according to the most recent figures released by the Portland Police Bureau.

The Gang Enforcement Team was assigned 25 incidents to investigate in January and February, compared to 24 incidents during the first two months of last year.

The 2015 total of 193 incident easily broke the previous record of 118 in 2012.

Six shootings were investigated in the last two weeks of February, including the first homicide of the year. Isaiah Demetrius Kent, 28, was shot and killed at Northeast 6th Avenue and Alberta Street on Feb. 25. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with his murder.

In another incident, a house and three apartment were struck by bullets during a shooting at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Burnside Street on Feb. 13. No one was injured in the shooting, although 35 shell cases were recovered near the intersection.

The most recent GET statistics are released every two weeks. The most recent figures were released on March 2. A number of other suspected gang related shooting have occurred since then, including one where a home in the Centennial Neighborhood was hit but no one was injured.

Police officials believe there were more gang incidents in the 1980s, but separate statistics were not kept until near the end of the decade, when the numbers had dropped.