Police: Man, 19, shot and killed in Southeast Portland

Police: Man, 19, shot and killed in Southeast Portland
Paul William Krekeler

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in Southeast Portland on Tuesday night, police said.

Officers arrived near Southeast 57th Avenue and Harold Street and found Paul William Krekeler dead on the ground just before 11 p.m.

Neighbors said they heard several gunshots. Krekeler ran northbound on 57th Avenue until he collapsed in a yard, according to detectives.

Witnesses said they saw a white SUV leaving the area after shots were fired. Police say they have not confirmed that vehicle is related to the shooting.

Police do not have a motive for the shooting at this time.

The State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Wednesday and determined Krekeler died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Police said the homicide was the 16th this year.

The shooting was the second in Southeast Portland on Tuesday night. Police are investigating a shooting at a home after a man was taken to an emergency room with multiple gunshot wounds just before 9 p.m.