For almost a month now I have been woken up every few nights to the sounds of gun shots. I hear the shots, then I hear the car squealing out of sight. It is always within a few blocks of my house, between Alberta and Killingsworth and between 15th and 20th.
The first time it happened I heard about five shots in succession and I jumped out of my bed and ran to the window. I was half asleep and not thinking. I saw a large light colored older car, like a cadilac speed up Alberta.
I heard people yelling. Then the neighbors slowly came out of their houses to check things out. No one called the cops. We have a saying in North Portland: cops kill kids. We don't want anymore youth killed by cops, but the youth may be trying to kill each other.
When I hear the shots now, I jump down on the floor. Then I go and find my roommates to see if they heard them. I don't know what it is all about.
There was a meeting tonight held down the street to talk about the shootings, especially the one that happened two night ago. It was a shootout between several people. It happened in the middle of the night. I did not hear about the meeting soon enough to be able to go. Did anyone else go? Does anyone have any information?
I talked to my neighbor. He said "yeah, and it's getting worse."
A few years ago the area had to be cleaned up by the people. Police would never come down here. Maybe the people have to try and stop this too. I don't know. What do you think?.
I never read about the shootings in the paper. The neighbors are real quiet about it. We just go out on the street after the shootings and stand there real quiet. It's strange.