The Salem-Keizer School District employs dozens of people who work with kids involved in gangs and at risk for violence. Their leaders say a landmark report on gun violence in Salem echoes what they see in halls and classrooms.
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Three police officers shot and killed Justin Jordan, 32, of Salem, after he pointed a pistol at several people Friday morning, fired at a vehicle and then aimed at police, according to a news release. Officers found two 9mm pistols by his side.
Police responded to a report of a suspect firing gunshots near Four Corners Friday morning. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said officers fired shots and the suspect died of injuries but did not specify whether he was killed by police gunfire.
At a joint session Monday with the Salem City Council, Marion County Board of Commissioners and Salem-Keizer School District, Marion County Sheriff Nick Hunter said the same surge in shootings seen in Salem is likely happening in unincorporated areas east of the city.
Local officials are scheduled to get a public briefing Monday on a new report outlining escalating gun violence in Salem. Researchers recommended focused community intervention on those most at risk to be shooters or gunshot victims.
Researchers combed through Salem Police Department reports and statistics to produce a picture of shootings in the city.
At least half of Salem shootings over five years involved gang members as victims, suspects or both, according to a newly released report.
Meanwhile, the number of teens arrested for serious assaults has tripled since 2020.