Two victims were reportedly shot in St. Helens on Tuesday evening, July 2, and the St. Helens Police Department is now working with law enforcement partners to identify and locate the shooter.

According to the SHPD, officers responded to the call at approximately 10:15 p.m. to a report of gunshots fired on Cowlitz Street near Old Portland Road.

A nearby 6th Street neighbor, Renee Laurin, said she made the call to 911 after her children alerted her to two men knocking at her door.


“I heard, 'Mom, the guy said call the police. He said he’s been shot.' I threw some clothes on and came to my front door and at first, I personally thought they were trying to rob me. I’m just being precautious, you know. I’m a single mom.”

When the man told her to dial 911, Laurin said she didn’t hesitate. She said the two men were crouching low, sweating, and she could tell they were scared. Laurin handed one of the men the phone to speak to the police and got a towel to cover the wound of the gunshot victim.

“I did invite them into my home. All it was was trying to be a good Samaritan. I already know 911 is on their way so I felt safe enough,” Laurin said. “I don’t smoke, but I lit up a cigarette for the poor guy and got him some water.”

According to the SHPD, the officers ended up located two gunshot victims on scene. One victim sustained a wound to his upper arm and the other sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his lower extremities. Both were transported to a Portland area hospital and are expected to survive. 

A 7-year-old girl was also located inside the residence where the shooting took place, but she was found unharmed.

The shooter reportedly fled the residence prior to the officer’s arrival in a white-colored sedan.

According to the SHPD, the gunshot victims knew the shooter.

“This was an isolated incident that was contained inside the residence,” an SHPD press release said. “Extra patrols are being conducted in the area.”

The investigation is ongoing, and police said there is no immediate danger to the public at this time. 


The Chronicle will update this story as additional information becomes available. 

Anyone with any information about the shooting should contact the SHPD at 503-397-1521.


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