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Car-to-car shootout on Woodstock Boulevard

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It was probably gang-related, and as far as we know nobody got hurt

DAVID F. ASHTON - Police closed off S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, just east of the Arleta Triangle, on December 23 - when gunfire erupted between two cars. When ten Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers swarmed in front of Putter's Bar & Grill on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard near 73rd Avenue, just after 8:00 p.m. on December 23, neighbors watching the scene speculated that the popular neighborhood restaurant had been robbed. But that was not what had happened.

"East Precinct officers responded and located evidence of gunfire but no victims," Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told THE BEE. "Witnesses described the occupants of one vehicle shooting at the occupants of another vehicle; both left the area."

Crime scene tape marked off a two-block area in which officers and K-9 teams searched for evidence, talked with witnesses, and made notes. Some officers searched the area west and north of Mt. Scott Park, others remained at the scene.

Further investigation indicated that the shooting might have been gang related, Simpson said, so the PPB Gang Enforcement Team investigators responded and took over the investigation. No further information is available as this issue of THE BEE goes to press.