A 48-year-old man who was living along the Springwater Corridor in East Portland was shot by a fellow camper early this morning, the Portland Police Bureau says.
It was the third shooting this year at a homeless camp. On February 11, police responded to a fight under the Broadway Bridge; shots were fired. On March 31, a man was shot at Southeast 11th Avenue and Pine Street in Buckman.
Mayor Charlie Hales legalized sleeping on city sidewalks early this year, but didn't legalize camping in parks. But the Springwater Corridor has hundreds of homeless campers at this point, and the city has not yet arrived at a solution for how to address the highly visible camps along the bicycle path and jogging trail.
There is an ongoing formal effort to figure out a policy solution for the Springwater.
Portland Police Bureau release is below:
On Tuesday July 5, 2016, at 3:06 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting on the Springwater Trail just East of Southeast 82nd Avenue.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 48-year-old male suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.
Officers learned that the victim and suspect both reside along the Springwater Trail.
Officers searching the area have located and detained a person-of-interest in the shooting.
Assault detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to continue the investigation.