Portland, Ore. – If you live in the Lents neighborhood of Southeast Portland, tonight is your chance to talk with Mayor Ted Wheeler about gun violence. He’s leading a public town hall on community safety and livability in Lents from 6 to 8 pm, at the Church of the Nazarene on Southeast 97th and Powell.
Wheeler will be joined by police detectives to talk about preventing gun violence. They want to hear from residents. Back in the spring of this year, there were four murders and a dog was shot, within a four week period in the Lents neighborhood, and police only made one arrest.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to host forum on community safety and livability in Lents
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will lead a panel of law enforcement experts and officials to address community safety and livability in the Lents neighborhood. The Lents Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) and Detective Division will be in attendance to share what is being done to prevent gun violence and to listen to community concerns on the subject. Representatives from the city’s One Point of Contact program and the Police Bureau’s East Precinct will also be present to update residents on the city’s efforts to improve livability in the neighborhood and to answer questions.
The goal of the forum is to engage community members and listen to their concerns regarding incidents of gun violence in Lents. The meeting is part of Mayor Wheeler’s ongoing commitment to increase safety measures for residents in Lents and all of East Portland.
“East Portland is today the heart and soul of the City of Portland. I look forward to listening to the residents’ concerns, their hopes and their ideas for enhancing livability in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Wheeler said. “My goal as Mayor is to make the lives of all Portlanders better, and that specifically includes those who live and work in East Portland.”
WHAT: Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Town Hall to address gun violence in Lents
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Church of the Nazarene, 9715 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97266
Read more from our previous coverage:
An update on the two shootings in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood this week. Both victims have died. Around 10am Wednesday 39-year-old James Richardson was shot near 84th and Foster. Richardson died in the hospital the next morning.
Just nine hours after that shooting, another man was shot and killed less than a mile away, near Southeast 92nd and Henry. That victim has been identified as 34-year-old Robert Lewis IV.
Police still have no suspect in either case and want to hear from anyone with more information. They believe the two shootings are not connected.
Read more from Portland Police Bureau
The victim of the shooting near the 8400 block of Southeast Ellis Street died at an area hospital yesterday afternoon. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and determined the death was a result of a gunshot wound.
The victim has been identified as James G. Richardson, a 39 year-old male. Family has been notified. (PHOTO)
This is an active investigation. If anyone has information about the incident or what led up to it, contact Homicide Detective Mark Slater at (503) 823-9319 or [email protected] or Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762 or [email protected]
UPDATE: VICTIM OF SHOOTING IDENTIFIED (PHOTO)
The victim of the shooting near Southeast 93rd Avenue and Southeast Henry Street has been identified. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and determined the cause of death was the result of a gunshot wound.
The victim has been identified as Robert Lewis IV, a 34 year-old male. Family has been notified and has provided the attached photos. The family respectfully requests privacy while they grieve the loss of their loved one.
This is an active investigation. If anyone has information about the incident, Homicide Detective Vince Cui can be reached at (503) 823-0449 or [email protected]
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On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 7:07 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a subject who had been shot in the area of Southeast 93rd Avenue and Southeast Henry Street. Officers arrived and located an adult male deceased in the area. Officers canvassed for involved parties, witnesses, and evidence and located evidence of gunfire.
Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division’s Homicide Team responded to conduct an investigation. It is early in the investigation and investigators are trying to determine what led up to the shooting. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the identity of the involved victim, as well as the cause of death.
Neighborhood traffic will be affected for several hours due to this active crime scene and investigation. Southeast 93rd Avenue from Duke to Henry Streets are closed and expected to remain so while this investigation proceeds.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Homicide Detective Vince Cui at (503)823-0449 or [email protected] or Homicide Detective Travis Law at (503)823-0395 or [email protected] . This is an on-going investigation and information will be released as it becomes available.