Man shot, killed at Dawson Park marks Portland’s 20th homicide case of 2021
PORTLAND, Ore. – Officers are investigating a homicide after getting reports of a shooting Tuesday afternoon near Dawson Park in North Portland.
Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves as police commissioner, joined a police spokesperson at 4:30 p.m. for a press conference
Wheeler’s presence surprised some who came to the shooting scene. Sam Sachs is a lifelong Portland resident and the founder of No Hate Zone. He says the mayor’s appearance at the crime scene is a start, but not enough.
“I’m glad to see the mayor here, but I don’t see any of the other commissioners. I don’t hear anything from the commissioners,” said Sachs. “I would say to the governor and to the county chair and to the City Commission, what is the plan? What are you doing? We need to know. We are in a state of emergency; something has to happen or this is going to continue. This is going to happen again tonight or tomorrow. What are we going to do to stop it?”
This marks the 20th homicide in Portland this year, and the 15th by gunfire.