Portland, city of tragedy

We've had a rough few days here in Portland. The worst of it went down at 12:30 Saturday afternoon. Up near University Park in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland, three people chased after, and fired handguns at, a moving car. Three occupants of the car were shot dead. Apparently something like three dozen shots were fired.

The rumor is that it was a gang beef, and the dead people are all teenagers.

Late Thursday night, in a separate incident, two adults were shot, one fatally, outside a bar on Southeast Foster Road. 

I believe we're up to 17 killed so far for the year. We're still in the first quarter. And the weather hasn't warmed up yet.

The deadly business with the teenagers is beyond frightening. Unless the cops pull off some pretty slick intervention, you gotta believe it's not over. 


  1. “Three people on foot” were armed and protecting something. It’s surprising that the neighborhood didn’t have a clue.

    1. Sources were reported as saying it was retaliation. Sounds like an ambush.

    2. Either way, the location is probably a key piece of data.

  2. "......there were no arrests, and there are no suspects....." Same old story, rinse and repeat.

  3. I recall the city going into shock over the murders of Larry Peyton and Beverly Allan in 1960. What was happening to Potland?

  4. TV journalist went on site to look for information. The Oregonian stayed in the bunker.

  5. I have a feeling that the Mayor and the Portland Police know a lot more about Portland's gangs than they're sharing with the public.

    I submit that pressure from BIPOC has caused white elected officials to equate speaking openly about gangs with racism. If so, that's bad for Portland's blacks and all other Portlanders safety and well being.

    It's hard to believe that BIPOC activists are not behind the Mayor's insane plan to use social workers from BIPOC nonprofits to talk gangsters and at-risk youth and get them to give up the gangsta life.

    Where is the transparency? How many people have been contacted? How is success measured? Where is the solid evidence this process is effective? Where is the criminal accountability for the gang members who respond to this outreach?

    Consider the Federal DOJ's recent high-profile prosecution of a major drug gang in Portland. How does the outcome of that trial compare with the Wheeler/BIPOC "sweep it under the rug" approach in terms of preventing deaths, dismantling drug operations, breaking up gangs and preventing them from recruiting youth?

  6. The neighbors suspect the what, who and where. But, won’t publicly expose themselves to the bad guys. The media is complicit in keeping it under wraps


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