Man shot and injured in NW Portland, police seek suspect

Portland Police investigates shooting in Portland apartment building - KATU photo by Chris Liedle

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man is expected to survive after he was shot Sunday morning at a northwest Portland apartment building, Portland Police officials said.

Investigators said the suspect, a white man in his 40s, took off before officers arrived at the scene.

Officers were called out about 7:15 a.m. on reports of a shooting at the Northwest Tower Apartments near NW 19th Avenue & Flanders Street.

Arriving police found a man with “non-life-threatening gunshot wounds." He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The victim and suspect knew each other.

Investigators stayed at the scene, closing off several blocks surrounding the apartments.

"I didn't hear any shots, but I'm not surprised there was a shooting. I'm surprised there hasn't been one already," Thomas O'Cain told KATU. "There is blatant criminal behavior just being allowed to happen."

O'Cain has lived in the apartment building for 8 years. He says several years ago it turned into Section-8, low income housing, and that's when he noticed crime increase.

"This is my home," he said. "There are a lot of people who live here that are in the same situation I am or worse, that's their home too. We as a community, will not tolerate these people."

O'Cain says he believes the shooting involved drugs, but police would not confirm that information.

"I'll keep an eye out," nearby neighbor Tim Usavag said after learning about the shooting. "I'll tell my wife to keep an eye out, too."

During a search for the suspect officers arrested someone on an unrelated warrant. Two others were detained and released.

If you have any helpful information on the shooting, call police at (503) 823-3333.

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