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Portland shootings leave woman dead, man seriously injured amid city efforts to curb gun violence

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On a weekend when Portland put more officers on the street to respond to shootings, and officials called for an end to gun violence, two shootings Sunday left a woman dead and a man seriously injured, the Portland Police Bureau said.

A woman shot in the 8000 block of North Newman Avenue around 8:30 a.m. died by the time Portland Police Bureau officers arrived on the scene Sunday morning, police said.

That shooting came just over an hour after another, in Northwest Portland, left a man with injuries that, though serious, aren’t believed to be life-threatening, Portland police said. The shooting was in Old Town, police said, apparently near the intersection of Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street.

The bureau did not release the names or ages of the two victims or the circumstances surrounding the shootings.

While it’s unclear if the two incidents are connected, they come amid an officially acknowledged gun violence problem in Portland. Sunday’s shootings represented the fifth shooting homicide police responded to this month and at least the 15th injury shooting.

This weekend, the police bureau partnered with the FBI to send out a team of eight investigators and three agents into the city. The goal is to provide some measure of deterrence, follow up on leads and “take shooters off the streets and take guns out of hands,” Kieran L. Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI, said Saturday.

The Portland Police Bureau’s relatively new Enhanced Community Safety Team, comprised of three sergeants, 12 officers and six detectives, is investigating the non-fatal shooting, police said. The city put the team together earlier this year to immediately respond to and investigate incidents of gun violence.

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