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Statement From Housing Commissioner Nick Fish Regarding Shooting of Homeless Men

February 22, 2012

I condemn the perpetrator of this ugly act of violence. Two sleeping homeless men were apparently the victims of a random drive-by shooting. One victim has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Homeless men, women, and children living on our streets are particularly vulnerable to violent acts. In the City's 2011 Street Count, nearly half of those who completed a survey reported being the victim of physical violence or attack.

The City is making progress in its effort to end homelessness. The opening of Bud Clark Commons is but one notable example. This shameful criminal act reminds us that everyone in our community deserves a safe and decent place to call home.

Two homeless men wounded under Portland bridge

Associated Press


Workers call 9-1-1 after hearing shots and screams, Portland police find men shot as they lay sleeping

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Two homeless men shot while they slept

Israel Bayer on the Street Roots blog


Two homeless men shot in early morning drive-by in Southeast Portland

Noelle Crombie in The Oregonian


Drive-By Shooting Injures Two Homeless Men Sleeping Under Morrison Bridge

Denis Theriault in the Mercury


Two homeless men wounded in early morning shooting

Jim Redden in the Tribune


Police: Two homeless men shot in 'drive-by' under Morrison Bridge