1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204
I condemn the perpetrator of this ugly act of violence. Two sleeping homeless men were apparently the victims of a random drive-by shooting. One victim has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Homeless men, women, and children living on our streets are particularly vulnerable to violent acts. In the City's 2011 Street Count, nearly half of those who completed a survey reported being the victim of physical violence or attack.
The City is making progress in its effort to end homelessness. The opening of Bud Clark Commons is but one notable example. This shameful criminal act reminds us that everyone in our community deserves a safe and decent place to call home.
Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian
Israel Bayer on the Street Roots blog
Noelle Crombie in The Oregonian
Denis Theriault in the Mercury
Jim Redden in the Tribune