Man shot at with paintball gun and assaulted by man driving a car while riding in North Portland

Man shot at with paintball gun and assaulted by man driving a car while riding in North Portland

Here’s some crazy news… The Portland Police Bureau is looking for suspects tonight wanted in a hit-and-run and paintball shooting assault on N. Vancouver Avenue near Skidmore.

According to a police statement, the suspects fired several shots at 36-year-old Ricardo Medina of Vancouver, Washington while he was riding his bike. Luckily, none of the shots hit him. The statement says suspects were driving a light-colored, 4-door newer Honda Civic. They pulled up next to Medina before shooting at him. After the initial incident, the suspects in the car returned for a second time and the driver used the car as a weapon against Mr. Medina. Here’s how the police describe what happened:

“The victim told police that the suspect vehicle came back around the block so he got off his bicycle and confronted them about the shooting. The victim told police that he was off his bike standing in front of the car, when the driver began to drive forward slowly pushing the victim backwards.

The driver then put the car in reverse, backed up to Skidmore Street, then sped away westbound on Skidmore.”

The suspects are described as “possibly” white males in their late teens or early 20s. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

This incident is very unfortunate.

According to reporters I spoke to tonight, the police say this is the fourth such incident they’ve responded to recently. Perhaps these young punks have found a prank they enjoy and they simply can’t get enough of it. Hopefully with the attention they’re getting this time around (at least two TV stations — KGW and KOIN — will feature the story on tonight’s newscast), they’ll stop doing it for good.

Keep your eyes peeled for that Honda Civic and I’ll let you know if there are any updates.

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