Saturday, June 23, 2007

Gunfire in Kennedy Park
Bystander avoids injury

Portland police responded to the area of Kennedy Park near Boyd Street for reports of gunfire at about 10:45 PM on June 13th, after several residents reported hearing multiple gunshots. Several men had fled the area of Boyd Street and were running toward Fox Street, according to witnesses.

At the scene, officers spoke with several witnesses who reported hearing an argument between two men in front of 63 Boyd Street. Several other men were present, and witnesses reported hearing the argument escalate. One of the involved individuals mentioned a gun and was seen holding a firearm, from which he fired several rounds. Witnesses stated that a second male also had a firearm and pointed it at another man but did not fire.

No one was injured by the gunfire. A resident of Boyd Street reported hearing the argument and looked out his window. He saw a man fire a weapon and then heard a noise within his apartment and felt something hit his back. A bullet was found on the floor of his apartment. Subsequent investigation located a hole through which the bullet likely passed.

Based on witness identifications, two men were arrested after they were stopped running from the area. Abdi Awad, 21, of South Portland, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. It is alleged that Awad is the man who fired the weapon.

Also arrested was Aregawi Gebrewahid, 22, who lives in Kennedy Park. Gebrewahid was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. It is alleged that he pointed a firearm at several people on Boyd Street.
The incident remains under investigation.


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