UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown District

UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown District

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September 11, 2017 11:20

  

The victim of a homicide that occurred on Thursday September 7, 2017 near Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street has been identified as 40-year-old Desmond A. Garrett of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Garrett died as a result of being struck by gunfire.

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Detectives continue to investigate the death of an adult male after a shooting and car crash near the intersection of Northwest Everett Street and Northwest 5th Avenue.

As officers responded to the report of a shooting at Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street, callers to 9-1-1 reported a car crash had also occurred at the intersection of Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street.

When officers arrived at the intersection of Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street they located a two vehicle crash involving a white Mercury sedan and a green Ford pickup. The adult male occupant of the sedan suffered traumatic injuries. Community members attempted to save the man's life by administering CPR. When emergency medical personnel arrived to render additional medical aid they determined the man was deceased.

Investigators contacted additional witnesses regarding the shooting and crash and learned the white Mercury was near the intersection of Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street when witnesses heard gunfire. According to witnesses, immediately after the gunshots, the Mercury drove east on Northwest Everett Street, crashed into a small power box on the north side of the road, then crashed into a Ford pick-up that was parked near the northeast corner of Northwest Everett Street and Northwest 5th Avenue.

As officers continued to canvass the area, they located evidence of gunfire near Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street, including several bullet strikes into a nearby building. An additional crime scene with evidence of gunfire was also located at Northwest 6th Avenue between Northwest Everett Street and Northwest Flanders Street.

An occupant of the Ford pick-up was taken to the hospital by private vehicle for minor injuries as a result of the Mercury crashing into the Ford pickup he occupied.

Detectives with the Detective Division's Homicide Detail, criminalist with the Forensic Evidence Division, and Central Precinct officers will continue to investigate this death.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will take custody of the deceased person and perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death in the coming days. The victim's name will not be released until his next of kin are located and notified.

The area from Northwest 4th Avenue to Northwest 7th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street to Northwest Flanders Street will remain closed to vehicle, bicycle, TriMet, and pedestrian traffic during this death investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762 or Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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On Thursday September 7, 2017, at 10:21 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived and located a crashed vehicle with one occupant suffering from traumatic injuries. Medical personnel determined the person was deceased.

Based on preliminary information, detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail are responding to conduct a death investigation.

There have been no arrests at this time.

Interested media should stage at Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

The area from Northwest 4th Avenue to Northwest 7th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street to Northwest Flanders Street is closed to vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic during this death investigation.

Detectives are asking that anyone with information call the Police Non-Emergency Line tonight at 503-823-3333, or the Detective Division tomorrow at 503-823-0400.

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