Teen shot to death in NE Portland driveway

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) —A teenager was shot to death as he sat in the driver’s seat of a car in a driveway in Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

Lazaro Lizandro Fuentes Burgos was shot to death on May 12, 2014. He was 16. (Photo released by Multnomah County)
Lazaro Lizandro Fuentes Burgos was shot to death on May 12, 2014. He was 16. (Photo released by Multnomah County)

Officials said the 16-year-old, Lazaro Lizandro Fuentes Burgos, was shot while he sat in a 1994 Nissan Sentra. Neighbors heard shots around 1:40 a.m., but police weren’t notified of the shooting for about an hour.

Burgos lived in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood and has no known gang ties or drug ties. The motive for this shooting is not known, officials said.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said neighbors in the 5800 block of Northeast 59th called 911 around 3 a.m. after finding the teen inside a parked vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The vehicle was parked in the middle of a private, gravel driveway that leads to several homes just south of Northeast Simpson Street on Northeast 59th.

According to city data, this marks the third homicide to have occurred within a 1-mile radius of the crime scene since April 2013.

Karl Kessler, who lives across the street from where the vehicle was found, told KOIN 6 News he heard the shooting around 2 a.m. and looked outside his bedroom window and didn’t see anything suspicious.

Two bullet holes can be seen on the driver's side of the vehicle as it was being towed from the crime scene (KOIN)
Two bullet holes can be seen on the driver’s side of the vehicle as it was being towed from the crime scene (KOIN)

Kessler said the two gunshots likely came from a small caliber gun, and were about 4 seconds apart.

When officers and paramedics arrived on scene, they confirmed the man, whose name and age have not been released, had been shot and was deceased.

PPB homicide detectives and members of the Forensic Evidence Division are investigating the scene. Northeast 59th has been shut down from Northeast Simpson to Northeast Killingworth.

Police have not released any suspect description, and have not announced any arrests.

Anyone with information on the death is asked to call detectives at 503.823.0400.

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