Portland police have spoken with the 49-year-old woman who was shot last weekend on Parris Street, but they are not releasing her name because the person who shot her is still at large.

Portland Police Lt. Robert Martin said the department is not releasing any further information about the shooting, which was reported in the area of 19 Parris St. at 8:44 a.m. Sunday. According to investigators, the victim and attacker were arguing before she was shot.

Police said the woman was shot by a young white man armed with a silver-colored semi-automatic handgun who fled toward Portland Street in a small silver-colored SUV with Massachusetts plates. Investigators believe the first three digits of the vehicle’s license plate to be “771.”

Martin said investigators are using all of the tools at their disposal to locate the vehicle and the suspected shooter.

“There’s a lot of SUVs, silver in color, probably, with that prefix,” Martin said.

At the scene Wednesday, police spray paint was still visible near a small raised ledge next to the sidewalk where the shooting took place.

Police have not said what provoked the argument between the victim and assailant, citing the ongoing investigation.

But Laura Cannon, a Parris Street resident, said previously that the shooting may have been drug-related.

Cannon said she and her husband went outside to investigate and overheard the victim, whom she did not recognize, telling police that she had confronted her assailant about doing drugs on a public way. Cannon said the woman told officers that the man and his friend were smoking crack cocaine.

“The guy said (expletive) and shot her in the knee,” said Cannon, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2010 and is vice president of the Bayside Neighborhood Association.

“She had been shot in the knee and was sitting on the sidewalk and bleeding,” she said.

Matt Byrne can be contacted at 791-6303 or at:

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