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Oregon woman Katie Guzenko was shot in the face after being caught in the crossfire


A suburban Portland, Oregon woman who survived being shot in the face when she was caught in the middle of a shooting appeared before city leaders this week to demand more action against armed violence.

“These wounds you see on my face are the result of a 40 caliber bullet that went through my nose,” Katie Guzenko told Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and members of the city council on Wednesday, reported KATU2.

Guzenko, 27, a human resources specialist at Amazon, was driving near Southeast 130th Avenue and Powell Boulevard in Portland on July 20 as she was on her way to pick up silverware for a bridal shower when she overheard Gunshots.

“I kept driving, hoping to get out of that area…next thing I know my face is bleeding profusely,” Guzenko said in a recent interview with KGW8.

Police say they were caught in the crossfire after two gunmen standing across the street began shooting at each other in an alleged gang-related confrontation.

Katie Guzenko recorded a harrowing video, showing her bloodied face after a bullet went through her nose on July 20.
Katie Guzenko
Oregon woman Katie Guzenko was shot in the face after being caught in the crossfire
Guzenko was shot while making an errand for a bridal shower in Portland in broad daylight.
Katie Guzenko
Oregon woman Katie Guzenko was shot in the face after being caught in the crossfire
A bullet fired by one of the two gunmen pierced the window of Guzenko’s car (circled).
Katie Guzenko

One of the shooters’ bullets pierced the front passenger window of Guzenko’s car, passed through his nose and exited through the driver’s window.

A gruesome video recorded by the shocked victim immediately after the shooting showed much of his face covered in a thick layer of blood pouring from his wounds.

Guzenko was able to stop and jump out of the car to call for help. She estimated it took 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive on the scene.

Guzenko, who is originally from Ukraine and still has relatives in the war-torn country, said she did not expect to be shot in a supposedly peaceful American town, thousands of miles from guns and guns. Russian artillery shells.

Oregon woman Katie Guzenko was shot in the face after being caught in the crossfire
Guzenko, from Ukraine, said her family living in a real war zone called to ask if she was okay after being shot.
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“My family there contacts me to make sure I’m okay, when it’s them in a war zone.” she says.

A day after Guzenko’s near death, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency over gun violence and set a goal of reducing shootings and deaths by 10 percent. firearms in the city over the next two years.

According to data from the Portland Police Department, in the first six months of 2022 there were 673 shootings in the city of 650,000 people, compared to the same period in 2019 when there were 199 shootings, this which represents an increase of almost 240%.

Oregon woman Katie Guzenko was shot in the face after being caught in the crossfire
Guzenko appeared before the Portland City Council on Wednesday and demanded more action against gun violence.
Portland City Council

At Wednesday’s meeting, Guzenko, appearing via video conference with scars still visible on his nose, called on Portland’s mayor and elected officials to do more to address gun violence.

“Mayor, given that you called us a gun violence emergency, I feel like very little is being done.” Guzenko told Wheeler

The mayor replied that he didn’t want to “bother people” with over-promising, and that the 10% gun violence reduction target was the “lower threshold”. He also noted that he was working to add 300 cops to the force to keep the city safe.

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