Man wounded in SE Portland shooting; police search for shooter

KATU image from photojournalist Lance Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - A man was shot in Southeast Portland Sunday evening, prompting police to close down the intersection of Southeast 52nd and Powell Boulevard for an investigation.

Officers were called out to the area around 5:45 p.m. on reports of a shooting.

They arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition; no word on his current condition.

Witnesses recall hearing a single gunshot.

"Heard a little pop, thought nothing of it," said Kiel Wilson, owner of Powell Tattoos. He did not think the noise was a shooting until he saw the police response. Instead, he thought it was a car accident.

Paige Pickard lives across the street, she says the man shot may have been blocking traffic.

"There was a honk too, before the gunshot," Pickard said.

Initial reports say that the shooter was in a silver pickup. Witnesses said the driver sped off west down Powell Boulevard.

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

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