Man Shot In NW Portland

Maggie Vespa KGW

PORTLAND, Ore. — The suspect in a shooting that left a man injured Sunday morning in Northwest Portland is still at large.

The victim was taken to a Portland hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

Police said the victim and the suspect know each other. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s and according to police, he has left the area.

Portland officers responded to a reported shooting at 7:17 a.m. Sunday at Northwest Tower Apartments at 335 Northwest 19th Avenue, where they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.

Later Sunday morning, at around 11:30 a.m., police officers, some in SWAT gear, swarmed the area around Northwest Tower Apartments.

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Police said they arrested one person contacted during the shooting investigation on an unrelated warrant. A short time later, officers led two people out of the building in handcuffs. They were both released.

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Neighbors told KGW reporter Maggie Vespa that the shooting happened on the fifth floor of the apartment building.

Northwest Tower is operated by HomeForward.

The non-profit’s website describes the complex as “a 13-story project-based Section 8 apartment community with 150 studio and one-bedroom homes, including six that have physical accommodations for accessibility.  The community has a waiting list preference for seniors and persons with disabilities.”

Thomas O’Cane, a disabled veteran, has lived in the building for eight years and said, in the last year, violence and drug use have increased dramatically.

He added he’s made a routine of contacting the building’s management and Portland police.

“I’m not afraid of these people. They’re criminals, and I will confront them, and I will fight them,” he said. “This is my home.”

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Portland Police Detective Tony Harris at 503-823-0768.

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