Record 1,000 Shootings In Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — The number of shootings in Portland is troubling to say the least.  This past weekend, the city passed the 1,000 mark.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell addressed it on Twitter.

Chief Lovell added that FIT, the Focused Intervention Team, is still being formed.  He’s hopeful their expertise at deescalation will make a difference.

He says the team “has a goal to deescalate and lower the tensions in the community that are feeding the contagious gun violence crisis.”

The Chief expressed his deep appreciation for everyone in the police bureau responding to shootings and comforting victims.

“Thank you to our officers, sergeants, criminalists, and detectives who have responded to every one of these shootings, performing trauma first aid and gathering critical evidence”.  He acknowledged these situations affect them too.

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