Nineteen-year-old Paul William Krekeler died after collapsing on the lawn of a stranger’s house.
According to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office Krekeler died of a gunshot wound to the chest Tuesday night in Southeast Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood, where Portland Police found him dead, sprawled in front of the home on SE 57th Avenue and Harold Street.
Several neighbors heard shots ring out, and police said he likely ran Northbound on 57th Ave before arriving at the home.
Krekeler likely died only moments after police arrived. As officers were en route to the scene to investigate reports of shots fired, they received information a man was on the ground injured.
Police said house’s residents don’t appear to have any connection to Krekeler. Furthermore, no motive has been determined in the killing.
Witnesses told officers a white SUV or truck was seen leaving the area after the shooting, but no such vehicle has been located or connected to the crime, according to police.
The teen’s death marks the 16th homicide in Portland in 2014. Krekeler had a short criminal history, including a bike equipment violation and attempt to commit a felony assault, to which he pleaded no contest.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Portland Police Non-Emergency Line at 503.823.3333, while Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information related to the case.