Several injured in shooting at street race in Portland
Portland police recovered nearly 100 casings from the scene on North Marine Drive.
PORTLAND, Ore. — At least four people were injured in a shooting during a street race on North Marine Drive early Monday morning, according to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).
A suspect, identified as 21-year-old Adrian Dangelo Ramirez, was treated for a gunshot wound and later jailed for attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
Officers responded to the 6300 block of North Marine Drive near Bybee Lake just after midnight and found nearly 100 casings at the scene, but no gunshot victims were immediately located, PPB said in a news release.
As police conducted an investigation, a handful of gunshot victims began showing up at local hospitals.
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PPB identified the injured as a 21-year-old man, an 18-year-old woman, a 16-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy. It is unclear whether the 11-year-old was hit by gunfire or shrapnel, but none of his injuries were life-threatening.
The city of Portland saw a decline in illegal street racing last fall after police began cracking down on such events. Recently, the number of people attending the street races has started to rise again, police said, adding that several hundred people attended the event on Marine Drive overnight, including children as young as 5 months old.
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“Street racing is not only illegal, [it] can turn into a dangerous crowd event, attracting not only participants, but also spectators,” said chef Chuck Lovell. “We are fortunate that no one was more seriously injured or killed over the weekend.”
Neighbors in the St. Johns area have often complained about the driving hazards and noise pollution caused by street racing. Stan, who did not want to share his last name, said he called 911 several times over the weekend, but was told to call the non-emergency number.
“The cops don’t go there,” Stan said. “They told me right away they weren’t going there, so it’s just the Wild West, you know?”
Portland has seen at least 106 gunshot wounds and 23 homicides so far in 2022. All but one of those homicides were committed with a firearm. The number of confirmed shootings is 371.