Portland Police say that occupied semi trucks were caught up in the crossfire in a suspected gang-related shooting on Monday night.
Calls about shots fired were reported to Portland Police shortly before 10 p.m. on May 17 on Swan Island, an industrial park located about 4 miles from the downtown Portland, Oregon area. Local news outlets report that the shooting occurred after a group of people met at a McDonald’s restaurant following a funeral for a recent shooting victim.
Police later said that around 50 cartridge casings of different calibers were discovered on Swan Island and that “at least two occupied semi-tractor trailer vehicles were struck by bullets.” It was not clear from the report released by Portland Police whether the truck drivers inside were hurt.
Around 10 p.m., Portland Police responded to Emanuel Hospital for a report of a gunshot victim from the Swan Island shooting who had arrived via private vehicle. Three other gunshot victims soon reported to the hospital. Authorities said all four victims were shot on Swan Island and all are expected to survive.
Police say that a large and “emotional” crowd, some of whom were armed, gathered at the hospital, disrupting normal operations.
Dozens of police officers responded and spread out throughout the city to diffuse arguments and fights that sprang up in the wake of the Swan Island shooting.
Local news outlet KOIN reports that investigators believe that the shooting is gang-related. The FBI has joined Portland Police in their response to a recent rash of retaliatory and gang-related shootings that has left 33 people dead.
Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to e-mail [email protected] and reference case number 21-133267.