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16-year-old boy shot and killed in car in NE Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 16-year-old boy was found shot and killed inside a car in northeast Portland.

Officers were called to the scene at Northeast 59th and Simpson Street at 3 a.m. Monday. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots and found the teen seated inside a parked 1994 Nissan Sentra.

Police said the gunshots were heard around 1:40 a.m., but nobody called 911 at that time, so more than an hour passed before officers were notified.

One neighbor told Fox 12 he heard two shots that sounded like they came from a smaller caliber handgun. He said the sounds woke him up, so he went outside. He didn't see any evidence of a shooting, so he returned to his home without calling 911.

Others in the area said crimes like burglaries and shootings are not unusual in the neighborhood.

Once at the scene, police requested homicide detectives and criminalists from the forensic evidence division to respond, as well.

Investigators said the teen lives in the Lents neighborhood in southeast Portland. He was in the driver's seat of the car.

Police said the victim has no known gang or drug ties. The motive is not known and there is no suspect information.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on Tuesday to determine the exact cause of death. After the autopsy, the boy's name will be released.

Police initially reported that the victim was believed to be an adult male. That information was corrected by officers Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Mark Sponhauer at 503-823-0416, mark.sponhauer@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696, kristina.coffey@portlandoregon.gov.

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