- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Responding to increasing gun violence, the Portland police chief is beefing up the department’s gang enforcement team.

Chief Larry O’Dea said Tuesday he’s adding six officers to the unit, boosting it from 18 to 24 officers. They’ll be drawn from each of the three precincts’ neighborhood response teams and street crimes units.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/9cWymU ) that this past weekend’s shootings pushed the number of Portland gang violence calls to 67, up from 51 at this time a year ago.

On May 28, three young people were wounded by gunfire at a street fair in northeast Portland. The injuries were not life-threatening. Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in the shooting and recovered a handgun.

The newspaper reports that police and probation officers say 15- to 25-year-olds who have access to firearms are carrying them now, rather than stashing the guns in houses, cars or behind bushes.

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