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One dead, two injured in Gresham shootout

One man is dead and two people are injured after a gunfight at a Gresham apartment complex late Saturday afternoon.

Police have not arrested anyone in the incident but have identified Wallace Theodor Simpson, 29, of Portland as a person “involved in the shooting.”

Detectives are not disclosing his role in the shooting, but are interested in speaking with him.

Police describe Simpson as a black male, 29-years-old, 6-feet-3 and weighing approximately 235 pounds.

Anybody who sees him is asked to call 911.

Kevin Dewayne Varnado, 27, of Portland, was found dead at the Halsey Station apartment complex, 1700 block of Northeast 162nd Avenue following reports of multiple shots fired. Malcom Xavier Jesse, 21, and Collet Renee Harris, 29, are recovering at area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gresham police were called to the complex at 5:52 p.m. Aug. 8 and found Varnado in the parking lot and found Jesse a short distance away. Harris was found after she took herself to the hospital, police said. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10. Results were not available at press time. Police said all of the victims knew each other.

Police are asking for information from anyone who may have heard or seen anything around the time of the shootout. The non-emergency number is 503-823-3333.

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