May 12, 2014 13:45
This morning, Monday May 12, 2014, at 3:04 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Northeast 59th Avenue and Simpson Street on the report that neighbors found a deceased male, who appeared to have a gunshot wound, seated inside a parked vehicle.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and checked inside the vehicle, where they located a deceased male, later identified as a 16-year-old boy who resides in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim suffered fatal gunshot wounds while he was sitting in the driver's seat of a red 1994 Nissan Sentra. Neighbors reported hearing possible gunshots at approximately 1:40 a.m. but did not call 9-1-1 so police were not notified of the shooting until more than an hour later.
At this point in the investigation there is no suspect information.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on Tuesday May 13 to determine the exact cause of death. After the autopsy, the victim's name will be released.
The victim has no known gang or drug ties and the motive for this shooting is not known to investigators.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416, firstname.lastname@example.org; or, Detective Kristina Coffey at (503) 823-0696, email@example.com.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204