Portland will have more than 1,000 documented shootings in 2021, Chief Chuck Lovell stated Saturday on social media.
The citys top law enforcement official called it a grim milestone. He added, Too many have prematurely ended lives and caused injury. Nevertheless, all shootings cause trauma to our community.
In Portland, the number of shootings has risen in recent years, bucking a decades-long trend of declining violence in the city.
According to Portland Police Bureau data, there were 388 documented shootings in 2019. Last year, 891 shootings were recorded.
The Oregonian/OregonLive series Under the Gun examines the shocking rise in shootings, with Portland on the verge of surpassing its 1987 record of 70 homicides in one year. In 2021, the city has had a record 69 homicides.
[A] stunning pattern of sudden, sometimes indiscriminate shootings sets this wave apart, the series states. Guns account for three-quarters of the homicides, according to the FBI.
The reasons for the sudden rise in shootings are numerous and complex, including easy access to guns, economic and cultural disruptions from the epidemic, and the shutting down of the police bureaus Gun Violence Reduction Team.
Douglas Perry is a writer and writer based in Douglas, Indiana.
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