Woman killed, another injured in downtown Portland shooting, police say

One woman died and another was injured after a shooting Sunday in downtown Portland, police said.

Police responded to reports of a shooting at 10:15 am at the corner of Southwest Clay Street and Southwest 12th Avenue, near Portland State University.

Officers found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound and tried to save her, but she later died at a hospital, police said. Another woman was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that did not threaten her life, police said.

Police said a suspect has been taken into custody.

At 11 am, there was a large police presence outside an apartment building on the corner of Southwest 12th Avenue and Clay Street and a woman was seen being loaded onto a gurney and lifted into an ambulance. People walked by the scene as police continued their investigation. The shooting took place near Grace Church, where services continued Sunday morning.

The shooting comes less than a week after a Portland State University student was fatally shot less than a mile away on April 4 at Southwest College Street and 6th Avenue. Fellow student Keenan Harpole, 20, of Bend was arrested on suspicion of murdering 19-year-old Amara Marluke.

Two other people were killed in downtown Portland in the past week. A woman was fatally shot near West Burnside Street and Sixth Avenue on Thursday night and a man was fatally shot in the neck under the Burnside Bridge midday Friday. Neither victim has been publicly identified.

Portland has now recorded 29 homicides so far in 2022 – two more than the city had experienced at this point last year.

At least 92 people were killed in Portland homicides in 2021, shattering the city’s previous record of 70 homicides in 1987.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0433 or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@portlandoregon.gov.

This report may be updated.

–Savannah Eadens; seadens@oregonian.com; 503-221-6651; @savannaheadens

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