Portland police respond to two overnight shootings
Gunfire reported at large house parties in Northeast, Northwest Portland
Portland police are investigating possible gang connections after responding late Friday night to reports of gunfire at large, loud house parties in two different neighborhoods.
No gunshot victims were found at either location, but police returned to a home in the 9800 block of Northwest Engleman Street after one man suffering from a single, non-life-threatening gunshot wound arrived at a Portland hospital around 12:30 a.m.
Officers from Central Precinct were initially called to the home around 11:30 Friday night, but their initial investigation turned up no evidence of gunfire, no gunshot victims and no cooperative witnesses. Evidence of gunfire was discovered during the follow-up visit, police said.
Meanwhile, officers from the North Precinct responded to the area of Northeast Jessup Street and Garfield Avenue around 11:40 p.m. after reports of multiple gunshots. There they found evidence of gunfire near the remnants of what appeared to be another large house party.
No gunshot victims were found, but damage was reported to two businesses in the 5600 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and the Gang Enforcement Team was called to the scene after officers determined that several people in the area had ties to local gangs.
Police said they do not yet know if the two shootings are related. Investigations by both the Gang Enforcement Team and the Gun Task Force are ongoing.