The road closes at NE 118th Avenue and NE Sandy Boulevard.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A man was shot and killed in broad daylight Wednesday near a pizza shop on NE Sandy and 118th Avenue.
Family members identified the victim as Jalon Yoakum.
The shocking shooting in NE Sandy Boulevard block 11800 took place in an area where more people pick up dinner from local pizzerias and barbecue venues. This gun violence incident touched upon several members of the community, including Pastor JW Matt Hennessee.
“Tonight we find ourselves in the same unfortunate situation we were in a time of gun violence. I have been a citizen who has been concerned for a while about what we need to do to come together as a community and to better manage conflicts. Pastor Hennessy said.
The deceased was someone close to the priest’s family.
“Tonight, I find myself for the first time being around someone who died tonight. This is one of my family members and it is related. It’s very difficult and horrifying and difficult to realize, ”Hennessey said.
Witness Robert Jones said he heard 12-14 gunshots before seeing a two-speed car throttle.
“Maybe a gray car and a white car, mostly white cars, and they pulled up like a cross, and the guy standing there, they jumped out of the car and let him go, and they jumped. Back in Went out like nothing, ”Jones said.
He said he believed the victim could be the target. “It didn’t seem like a random drive,” he said.
Gun violence in this northeastern Portland area has had a devastating impact on the community, Jones said.
“I think that earlier this year there were four or five murders along this street. A man was shot and killed in the old Adams Corner Market, where a man was shot and killed. Just the madness, ”he said.
“My condolences and respect for my family”