Portland PD has announced that a mass shooting with eight victims was carried out in downtown Portland as the understaffing of the police department carries over from a year of riots in the downtown area, that has destroyed businesses and has made it so unsafe that many people refuse to even drive through the area. Teaching your police how to stand down seems to have become the norm there under Mayor Ted Wheeler.
One person has life-threatening injuries but the other seven are going to fully recover. No arrests have been made and no one has spoken to the motive behind the shootings.
Police had precious little information.
On Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 2:10 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of multiple people shot in the 300 block of Southwest 3rd Avenue. When officers arrived they found many people injured. The officers initiated lifesaving measures and secured the scene for paramedics to respond. So far 8 patients have been located and transported to the hospital by ambulance. At least one is considered life threatening. There appeared to be both male and female adults hit by bullets.
The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called and no one has been arrested. No suspect descriptions are being released at this time.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 17, 2021
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Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists, along with their cheerleader, City Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty, have demanded that the police be defunded. At least $15 million has been cut from the police budget. the Portland police union as well as the Department of Justice want spending on body-worn cameras, a move opposed by the biggest critic of the police, Commissioner Hardesty.
KGW reports that homicides in the first five months of the year increased by a whopping 2,200%, from six to 38 over the same period in 2020.
In 2019, Portland had 389 shootings, according to data from the Portland Police Bureau. Just one year later, that number more than doubled, skyrocketing to almost 900.
The violence has continued in 2021. Through May, police have reported 453 shooting incidents. At the current rate, Portland will have more than 1,000 shootings by the end of this year.
As shootings increase, so do homicides. Through the first five months of 2021, there have been 38 killings. Over the same period last year, there were six.