Fatal shooting in North Portland prompts two school lockdowns
PORTLAND, Ore. - A man was shot and killed in a North Portland neighborhood Monday afternoon.
Nearby George Middle School and Roosevelt High School were both locked down after the shooting as police officers searched for suspects who fled the scene, police and school officials said.
Officers found 33-year-old Donte Alwakeel Young dead in a residential neighborhood near the 10000 block of N. Burr Ave. Young died of a gunshot to the head, acording to the medical examiner.
Officers arrived and fanned out in the neighborhood looking for the suspects. They brought in a K-9 unit but did not find any suspects, Marshman said.
"The officers just kind of rushed up to me," said a witness named Rachel who lives in the neighborhood. "I was like 'my child's in the house right down the street, I need to get home to my child' and my 7-year-old was in the car with me. I could see the person in the street covered up. I could see his feet, my son saw him. It was just a little bit too much."
School district spokeswoman Christine Miles said the shooting did not happen on school grounds. She said officials followed procedure and locked the doors at both schools.
Miles said all students and staff members at Roosevelt and George are safe and accounted for.
Both lockdowns were lifted after school officials got guidance from police.
Marshman said detectives will canvass the neighborhood looking for witnesses.
"It's almost within eyesight of the school and that's concerning," Marshman said. He said the fact the shooting happened in a residential neighborhood is also especially concerning.
It's not clear if the shooting was related to gang activity, although a gang detective is helping with the investigation.
Neighbor John Douglass has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and said he heard the shot.
"Not the kind of excitement we want here, that's for sure," he said.