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Portland police have responded to nearly 200 shootings in 2021 so far
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PORTLAND, Oregon. — Memorials full of flowers, balloons and candles left on sidewalks surround the photos of victims lost to gun violence throughout Portland.

In North Portland near the 10000 block of North Burr Avenue, a memorial for a 20 year-old man shot and killed in December still stands, and it's the same spot a 17-year-old was shot and seriously wounded on March 4.

Near Northeast Alberta Street and 52nd Avenue in the Cully neighborhood, flowers and candles adorn the sidewalk remembering two people who were shot and killed Monday night.

Debbie Lusk lives nearby and says her neighbors called to ask if they heard something. "They said it sounded like a bunch of BB gun shots going off, one after the other," she said.

Lusk has lived in the neighborhood for the last three years and says it's normally a quiet neighborhood.

"It's really scary that it happened so close to us and to our neighbors," she said.

In the first nine weeks of 2021, Portland police have responded to 196 shootings. They said 14 people have died from gun violence and 53 have been injured.

Gun violence more than doubled in 2020 compared to 2019. There were 389 shootings in 2019 and 892 in 2020.