August 01, 2011 10:25The man shot last night at the Tamarack Apartments has been identified as 75-year-old David Minaker. Minaker is in fair condition at at area hospital. Detectives believe he was shot by a stray bullet related to a gang shooting in the apartment complex.
Gang Enforcement Team detectives believe that one other person may have been shot but fled the area and has not sought medical attention.
Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at (503) 823-2092, or Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov
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On Sunday, July 31, 2011, at about 9:00 p.m., Portland Police Officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a shooting at the Tamarack apartments in the 4200 block of North Alaska. Preliminarily, witnesses indicated there were four African American males in a courtyard arguing when shots rang out. Two were believed to be wearing red do-rags, indicating possible gang involvement.
Officers located shell casings and established a crime scene and called for the Forensic Evidence Division to respond. They also called for the Gang Enforcement Team to assist with the investigation believing that the incident was gang involved.
As officers were searching within the complex for suspects and possible victims they heard a person crying out for help from one of the apartment. Officers located an apartment where a 75-year-old man was inside and shot. The man was unable to get to the door and officers forced entry to get to the man. The man had been shot though the wall of his apartment. Officers called for medical personnel and the man was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be serious injuries.
The investigation is in its early stages and no additional information is available at this time and will not be available until investigators provide an update on the progress of the investigation, likely mid-morning.
Sgt. Pete Simpson