Portland records seven shootings in 24 hours | Oregon News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Following a “worrying increase” in shootings in Portland, Ore., police said they were “deploying additional resources” this weekend.

KOIN 6 reports that in 24 hours – between Thursday and Friday afternoon – seven shootings were reported in Oregon’s largest city. So far this year, there have been at least 89 shootings, 21 people have been shot and injured and seven have been killed in Portland.

Among the shootings on Thursday and Friday, at least one person died.

Several other people had been injured, including a business owner who confronted a suspected burglar and a man who was shot in the leg in a grocery store parking lot on Friday afternoon.

The spike in shootings follows a year of a record number of homicides in Portland.

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In 2021, the city recorded 90 homicides amid a spike in gun violence, breaking the city’s previous record of 66 set more than three decades ago.

Last year, the number of homicides in Portland overtook more populous cities such as San Francisco and Boston – and more than doubled the number of murders last year in its larger Pacific Northwest neighbor, Seattle.

Murders have increased in Portland in recent years. From 2019 to 2020, Portland saw a bigger increase in murders — an 83% increase — than almost any major city. Nationally, homicides have increased nearly 30% over the same time, according to FBI data.

Police and city officials say last year’s surge – which disproportionately impacted Portland’s black community – was fueled by arguments related to gangs, drug deals gone wrong and disputes between homeless people. Additionally, the situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic, economic hardship and mental health crises.

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