Boy, 16, found shot to death inside parked car in NE Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. - A 16-year-old boy was found dead from gunfire inside a parked car in Northeast Portland early Monday morning, police said.

Originally, police said the victim was a man.

Neighbors found the boy inside a red 1994 Nissan Sentra near Northeast 59th Avenue and Killingsworth around 3 a.m., according to police.

Police said the boy was shot while he sat in the driver's seat of the car.

Law enforcement sources said the boy was shot at close range. The sources said investigators are trying to figure out why the boy was in Northeast Portland at such an early hour, especially since he lived in the Lents Neighborhood in Southeast Portland.

The car belongs to a family member and it is not unusual for the boy to use it, the sources said.

Neighbors told KATU news the car was parked in a back alleyway, which is off the main road. The alley only accesses a few homes. So someone would have to know the area to go down the road.

Neighbors told police they heard possible gunshots at about 1:40 p.m. They did not call police at that time. Police were notified about an hour later, police said.

Neighbors told KATU they've never seen the boy's car before, but there has been a lot of crime over the past few days.

"They tried to steal my car last week," said neighbor Karl Kessler, who heard two gunshots. "Broke into Alex's house. Third thing in a week. It's not good."

Police have not released the boy's name. They said the boy has no known ties to gangs or drugs.

At this time police do not have any information about the suspect or a possible motive.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416,; or, Detective Kristina Coffey at (503) 823-0696,

As more information becomes available, this story will be updated.