13-year-old hit by stray bullet in gang shooting expected to get surgery Monday
A 13-year-old boy is expected to undergo surgery Monday to remove a bullet still stuck in his arm after he was hit by stray gunfire in Portland's Cully Neighborhood.
Portland police responded to the 5200 block of Northeast 73rd Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Thursday for an apparent gang-related shooting. Officers found evidence of gunfire, but did not initially find any victims. During the investigation, they learned a boy was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound.
Lane, 13, told KATU he was standing in his backyard eating blueberries when he heard several loud bangs. He thought they were fireworks, but quickly realized it was something else.
"I first heard the sound of something hitting my arm, and then I felt it," Lane said. "It was an intense pain."
Lane says he grabbed paper towels and put pressure on the wound.
"The bullet entered right here," Lane said pointing to his right arm.
Police say the shooting is the city's 62nd gang-related incident this year.
"Gang violence is obviously an issue in Portland and other areas," Lane said. "I didn’t quite realize that it would reach me, hit me, so to speak."
Lane, who participates in the Multnomah Youth Commission, says he wants Portlanders to think before they act, especially when it involves violence. He says the Commission strives to provide a voice for youth in the county and city's work, something he strongly believes in.
"Anybody who is involved in a life of crime or involved in gang culture, try to get out of it, it’s not a good place to be and harms others," he said. "Even if you don’t understand the consequences of your actions, a stray bullet flying into the sky can seriously hurt someone."
Police say no arrests have been made in Thursday's shooting.
Anyone who witnessed this shooting, has video surveillance footage, or has knowledge of the shooting is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.
The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.
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