Two juveniles arrested for murder in Gresham park
It's the second fatal shooting in Gresham in less than a month that police are investigating as possibly gang related
Two juveniles are behind bars accused of murdering a man and injuring another in a shooting at a Gresham park on Friday, July 5.
Police in Beaverton arrested Brian Hernandez Cardon, 17, of Beaverton at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, less than two hours following the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old Gresham man at Red Sunset Park, said Lt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police spokesman.
Two days later, at about 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, police arrested Reynaldo Antonio Ceja,15, at his girlfriend's home in Estacada. Ceja's last known address was in Washington County.
Both face allegations of murder and first-degree assault, and are being held at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.
The two allegedly shot and killed Paulino "Paul" Veancio-Lopez, 33, of Gresham at Red Sunset Park at about 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 5. Police responding to reports of fireworks and gunshots at the park in the 2400 Red Sunset Drive arrived to find the man dead. Meanwhile, a second victim identified as Omar Merino-Lopez, 22, who has ties to East Multnomah County, went to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center for a treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg. He is expected to recover.
"It is unknown what relationship, if any, the victims have with each other," said Officer Malaka Kerbs. It is also unknown whether the shooting is gang-related, but the East County Major Crimes Team is investigating that possibility.
This is the second fatal shooting in less than a month in Gresham with possible gang ties. A documented gang member, Andreas Prince Jones, 21, of Portland died on June 9 in a shooting in the parking lot of the Rockwood Station Apartments in the 19100 block of East Burnside Street.
The Gresham Police Department is offering a $500 cash reward to whoever provides information leading to the arrest of a witness of that homicide. David Allan Sanders, 24, of Portland is wanted for questioning in the June 9 homicide. He is on parole for assault and has a felony warrant for his arrest for violating his parole.
Sanders is described as a 6-foot tall, 190-pound African-American man with brown eyes and short black hair, and tattoos on his neck and face. He was last seen Tuesday, July 2, near of Southeast 190th Avenue and Yamhill Street, but fled as soon as police officers tried to contact him.
Anyone who sees Sanders is asked to call 911. If someone believes they know where Sanders is hiding or has additional information about the June 9 shooting, they are urged to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.
Crime Stoppers also is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter in the June 9 homicide. Tips can be left online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, texted to CRIMES (274637) with 823HELP in the subject line followed by the tip, or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).
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