PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police detectives arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with a July shootout in North Portland’s Peninsula Park.
Police officers took Jefferson High School student Malik Overton into custody while he was at school in study hall Tuesday afternoon. Officers said they found a handgun in his coat after they handcuffed him.
Police said on July 12, two suspects shot at a home near North Rosa Parks Way and Borthwick Avenue. The suspects ran into the Peninsula Park Community Center before leaving the area.
The community center was full of children attending summer camp at the time. No one inside was hurt.
Police took Overton to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home. He faces charges of attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in a public building.
A SWAT team arrested the other suspect, 20-year-old Teondre Bonner, at a motel in Lacey, Wash. on Aug. 2. He is still in the Multnomah County Jail and faces charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Detectives believe more people were involved in the shootout and are still looking for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mitch Hergert at 503-823-2081.
Portland Parks and Recreation spokesman Mark Ross said they would hire more seasonal rangers, give summer playground staff two-way radios and install more cameras at community centers in the wake of the shooting.