by Jenelle Walter
Earlier police said Joshua Jeffries was stabbed to death. Now police say he died of a gunshot wound.
PORTLAND- An 11-year-old boy was shot to death Friday morning in a southeast Portland home.
Officers responded to a home at the 6500 block of southeast 48th before 4:30 a.m. Friday following an incomplete 911 call in which screaming was heard in the background.
The boy, Joshua Jeffries, was found bleeding with at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to Oregon Health and Science University, where he was declared dead.
Police at this time do not know the type of gun that was used or what caliber it was.
Wrigley said they are calling the death a homicide, but do not have anyone in custody. Detectives spent most of the day Friday gathering evidence and interviewing family members.
People who were in the house at the time Joshua was killed say someone might have come through the back door and attacked the boy.
"At this point, we don't know what the motive was, we don't know what the circumstances are," Wrigley said. "We have no reason to believe that other neighbors of the area should be any more cautious than they ordinarily are."
Next-door neighbors Joe and Samantha Anderson said it seemed like a quiet night until police arrived.
"It's crazy and sad, especially when it's someone so young, and especially when it's right next door to your house," Samantha Anderson said.
"We were up all night because we have a newborn, but the only thing we heard was police running through our backyard and we thought they were chasing somebody," Joe Anderson said.
It was the 15th homicide in Portland this year, ahead of last year's total through the same time period.
In 2000, there were 22 homicides in the state's largest city, the lowest total since 1971. This year the city is on pace for 24 homicides.
Officers are asking anyone who has any information to call the Portland Police detectives at (503) 823-0395.