Portland's police chief branded the woke-but-crime-ravaged city's 54 shootings over a 19 hour period 'stunning' and attacked calls to to defund his department.
‘The ongoing tragedy of gun violence is on my mind tonight after a terrible weekend of violence in our city. A double murder this weekend. Nineteen shootings in 54 hours. Stunning,’ Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell tweeted on Monday night.
Officers are investigating 19 shootings that took place between early Friday morning and Sunday evening, which resulted in four arrests and numerous injuries.
Two of those shootings were fatal - with the man and woman killed downtown Sunday recorded as the 71st and 72nd homicides in the Oregon city in 2021. That breaks its all-time previous record of 70 murders for the entire year of 1987.
Police recovered 95 cartridge casing and multiple guns throughout the weekend of violence, which ended when a man living in a homeless hotel allegedly shot two dead while high on meth following the city’s decriminalization of all drugs.