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Screenshot of Google Maps for the 9300 block of North Wall Avenue
Location of 9300 Block of North Wall Avenue of a shooting | Credit: Google Maps screenshot

Portsmouth — Over the weekend, two would-be car thieves shot and injured a 65-year old Portsmouth woman when they were confronted by residents, according to a Portland Police Bureau news release.

The shooting happened about 4:42 a.m. on Sunday in the 9300 block of North Wall Avenue. This is over by the Peninsula Crossing Trail and Northgate Park.

According to the release, two male residents of the home saw two suspects attempting to steal their car outside. They went outside to confront the suspects and one of the suspects fired a gun at the residents. They were not hit, but one of the bullets penetrated the home and struck the woman inside, hitting her foot.

She was taken to a hospital for treatment. No information about her condition was provided.

This was one of two North Portland shootings over the weekend. Around 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 9th, police were called to the intersection of North Interstate and North Going Street, where they found an adult male with a gunshot wound.

PPB Releases Interactive Dashboard of Shooting Incidents

Last week, Portland Police released an interactive website offering information about shootings in the city. The dashboard offers three years of shooting data, updated monthly. 

Throughout the city, Portland had a 126% increase in shooting incidents in 2020 compared to 2019. And there was a 129% increase in shooting incidents in the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct area.

“Gun violence has plagued our city at twice the rate of last year. On average someone is shot in Portland roughly every two days.”

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell

The dramatic increase hasn’t gone unnoticed. As Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said, on average someone is shot in Portland roughly every two days.”In mid December, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced more officers would be assigned to investigate and follow up on shootings and more outreach and hospital-based trauma responders would be deployed to support near term reductions in the ongoing gun violence epidemic.

The table below lists the number of shootings in each North Portland neighborhood in 2020, according the Portland Police Bureau’s interactive website.

NeighborhoodShooting Incidents in 2020
St. Johns25
Cathedral Park6
University Park4
Arbor Lodge5
Hayden Island5
East Columbia1