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Portlanders To Meet Monday About Stopping Gun Violence

OPB | Aug. 18, 2014 1:07 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Portland

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Teenagers with the group Youth Empowerment Solutions organized a silent protest of gang violence in Portland's McCoy park earlier this summer.

Teenagers with the group Youth Empowerment Solutions organized a silent protest of gang violence in Portland's McCoy park earlier this summer.

Amelia Templeton / OPB

Portlanders have organized a community meeting Monday evening to try and stop a recent rash of gun violence.

Called “Enough is Enough,” people from religious groups, schools, businesses and various local government agencies will get together 6 p.m. at the Community Policing Center in Northeast Portland.

Mayoral spokesman Dana Haynes says the police have had 87 gang-related calls this year. That’s a significant increase over prior years: “This meeting was called by  the community, before this weekend’s terrible spate of violence,” he said.

“And the idea is for the community to get together to talk about way to address the issue, to assist those who have been victims, the family, the neighbors, the community at large. So it’s a community based group that’s getting together to talk about a community reposes to t the fact that we’ve had a very large outbreak of gun related and possibly gang related violence this year,” he said.

This weekend alone, a woman was killed in her Southeast Portland apartment, three men were wounded by downtown gunfire, and another person was shot in Portland’s Northgate Park.

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