A driver is on the run in Portland, Oregon, after an apparent hit-and-run involving three women pedestrians.
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According to police reports obtained by Debra Gil of KPTV in Portland as well as an emergency bulletin on Portland State University’s website, three women were struck on a sidewalk near PSU’s campus by an SUV which fled the scene.
Of the three women hit, two sustained life-threatening injuries. All three are currently in the hospital. Their current condition is unknown.
Three women were hit. Two suffered life-threatening injuries. The third was seriously hurt. @PortlandPolice still looking for the car and driver.
— Debra Gil (@DebraGil) May 25, 2018
Updated reporting from Tyler Dumont of Fox 12 in Portland showed that the crime scene had been extended beyond its initial parameters, but that does not appear to be to include other victims.
— Tyler Dumont FOX 12 (@TylerDumontNews) May 25, 2018
Portland police have finally pointed out the vehicle in question:
UPDATE: SW 6 Ave/SW Montgomery St. Investigators believe a blue 2005 Mazda Tribute with grey bumpers and Oregon license plate: 491JHT is involved. If this vehicle is seen call 9-1-1. pic.twitter.com/qhhMxSGgxX
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) May 25, 2018
The care is a 2005 Mazda Tribute with gray bumpers and Oregon plate 491JHT.
Anyone in the area is asked to contact authorities at 9-1-1.
Coming on the heels of an April 23rd terror attack in Toronto, Canada, in which ten people were killed and sixteen were injured by a misogynist who was targeting women with his car, this hit-and-run attack sparked instantly sparked concern over a copy-cat attack.
The man in Toronto identified as an “incel,” which stands for “involuntarily celibate.” Incels are a group of largely heterosexual men (though homosexual men identify as incels as well) who blame potential sexual partners whom reject them for their own celibacy, hence “involuntary.”
There has yet to be a motive established, nor was the suspect apprehended nor their gender expression identified. Still, local agencies are offering emotional support to anyone affected by the tragedy, indicating a possible concern over a targeted attack.
PLEASE SHARE: .@multco Mental Health Call Center is available for those impacted by the hit-and-run in dt. Portland. Trained operators are available at 503-988-4888. Call toll-free at 800-716-9769. The hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to the center.
— Multnomah County, OR (@multco) May 25, 2018
PSU's Dean of Student Life's office and Center for Student Health and Counseling will provide assistance and support to any members of the PSU community who may have been impacted by this incident. https://t.co/J3FkNdVm0X https://t.co/E5jwzE2r02
— Portland State (@Portland_State) May 25, 2018
This story has been updated to include information about the car suspect in the attack. More details will be added as they become available.