A 40-year-old man who police consider a suspect in a Tuesday night shooting in downtown Portland may have accidentally shot himself in the testicles.
The suspect and victim live in the same building at Southwest Ninth Avenue and Columbia Street, and it appears the shooting happened in a back parking lot.
A witness called 911 just before 8 p.m. Tuesday after seeing the apparent victim run to the Safeway store at Southwest 10th Avenue and Jefferson Street.
"He just walked gingerly. I didn't see blood anywhere or weapons. Nothing," said Josh Howell, who called 911.
Officers responded and received information that the suspect may have fled into an apartment building.
"Right when I stepped outside the door, all these cops in the hallway started pointing automatic weapons at us," said Danielle Richmond, who lives in the apartment building. "They were like, get behind us, show us your hands. And we're like, 'OK.'"
However, police later found the 40-year-old suspect near Southwest Sixth Avenue and Mill Street. He suffered a gunshot wound to the testicles, and police are investigating the possibility that he accidentally shot himself.
The shooting appears to have stemmed from a robbery, according to police, and detectives from the robbery division are still investigating.
The victim, who was shot in one of his legs, is expected to survive, as is the shooter.
Their names have not been released.
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