Driver shot after saying 'no' to men trolling for drugs

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Police work at the scene late Wednesday night. (Photo by Lincoln Graves, KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A stolen pair of shoes and a failed attempt to buy some drugs at a convenience store led to a shooting in Northeast Portland early Thursday morning.

The crime happened around 3:20 a.m. at Northeast 82nd and Sandy Boulevard.

Officers were called there on a report of multiple shots that had been fired in the area. When police arrived, two men told them they had been robbed at gunpoint by two suspects. One of the victims' shoes were taken.

While police were looking into what happened, they learned that someone had also been shot nearby.

The same two suspects reportedly approached three people at a 7-Eleven store at the corner of Northeast 82nd and Sandy Boulevard and asked to buy drugs.

All three people said no to the suspects but when one of them got into their car to leave, one of the suspects shot into the vehicle.

The driver was shot in the arm and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, police are on the lookout for the suspects. The two were black males around 30 years old. The one who was armed with a handgun had a heavy build.

Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call police.