Community leaders call for end of violence during rally in downtown Portland

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Community leaders held a rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland Thursday to call for an end to the violence in the city.

Pastor Corey Pritchett is one of the organizers of the “Stop the Violence’ rally. He says after five people were shot while attending a vigil for another person killed in Old Town on Sunday he felt called to push for change in the city.

The Portland Police Bureau has responded to 800 shootings so far this year, with over 250 gunfire-related injuries. This comes after a record-breaking year in 2020 with a total of 891 shootings.

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