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Gang shootings tally 13 in 10 days

Five of the shootings were in East County, including two in Gresham


Portland and Gresham police are now investigating a total of 13 gang-related shootings that have taken place in a span of 10 days.

With witnesses and those involved in the shootings uncooperative with investigators, there has been just one arrest made — of the alleged shooter in the Thursday, June 13, shooting near 148th Avenue and East Burnside Street.

The day before, Gresham police investigating a separate gang-related homicide in the city’s Rockwood area arrested Dashall Renae Gonzalez, a 23-year-old mother of four, on an allegation of tampering with a witness of the fatal shooting of a gang member in Rockwood on Sunday, June 9.by: COURTESY: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Dashall Renae Gonzalez

Gonzalez allegedly told the witness that “the bloods said she shouldn’t talk to the cops.”

Officers investigating the fatal shooting also noted people in Gonzalez’s apartment, which overlooked the crime scene, taking pictures and/or videos of the deceased. When an officer asked her to close the blinds and to respect the dead, Gonzalez let loose a crude, profanity-laced tirade in front of her children.

It’s all part of the ripple effects of gang violence gripping Portland and East Multnomah County this month.

In the 10-day period spanning June 9-18, Portland’s Gang Enforcement Task Force responded to 11 gang shootings in Portland, with the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team investigating two shootings in Gresham.

Of the 13 shootings, five took place in East Multnomah County, starting with the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old Portland man Sunday, June 9. The victim, who is a documented gang member, was killed in the parking lot of the Rockwood Station apartment complex in the 19100 block of East Burnside Street.

The next night, as many as 30 rounds were exchanged in the parking lot of the Sunset Station Apartments, in the 17700 block of Northeast Glisan Street. Nobody was seriously injured, but one woman was grazed by a bullet.

Since then, three other gang shootings have taken place in East County.

• At 10:25 p.m. Thursday, June 13, a Southeast Portland man and gang associate was ambushed at the 148th Avenue MAX station byby: COURTESY: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Rasool Islam three men, one of whom pulled a gun on him. The victim ran north across East Burnside Street into an apartment complex as the gunman chased after and shot at him. As the suspects fled north on 148th Avenue, the victim ran east across 148th Avenue and was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Only after being knocked to the ground by the car did the victim realize he’d been shot in the side. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The next day, Portland’s police arrested Rasool Islam, 19, of outer Southeast Portland. He’s since been arraigned on charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

• At 3:15 p.m. Sunday, June 16, shots rang out in an apartment complex parking lot in the 15800 block of East Burnside Street, where a stray bullet went through an apartment bedroom window. Nobody was injured.

• At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, shots were fired in the area of 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street. Officers arrived to find a man whose car was struck by a bullet as he drove through the area. Investigators do not believe the man or his vehicle was the intended target.