Victim identified in fatal Gresham shooting, high-speed chase
Names of Washington-based suspects released
Gresham police have identified the man killed in Friday's shooting as Ravell Deshawn Sterling, 22, of Portland.
Three people are in custody in Kalama, Wash., following a police pursuit that began after a fatal shooting near Alder Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 5.
At 2:33 p.m. Gresham police responded to the report of a man shot near the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and 174th Avenue. Police arrived on scene and located an adult male who was deceased. The suspects had already fled the scene.
Portland Police soon located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description from witnesses, a gold Cadillac, traveling northbound on Interstate 205. A pursuit ensued continuing into Washington at speeds up to 100 mph. A Cowlitz County Deputy successfully deployed spike strips on Interstate 5 near Kelso, and a Washington State Patrol Trooper used a pursuit intervention technique to stop the vehicle, multiple sources told KOIN 6 News, a Pamplin Media Group news partner.
A witness to the shooting that ignited the dangerous getaway spoke with KOIN 6 News but asked to have her identity concealed.
I just heard 3 gunshots and they left. They also got a gun, we got really scared so we drop ourselves on the floor because we were scared they would shoot us, also, the witness said.
Three suspects were taken into custody without further incident. Rony Celis, 23, of Renton, Wash., 20-year-old Charles Moimoi of Seatac, Wash., and 18-year-old Clayton Harrell of Des Moines, Wash., were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges related to the homicide.
It is not known if the incident is gang related.
John Rasmussen, a Gresham public information officer, said Monday that it is not yet known why the suspects were in Gresham, how many shots were fired and whether Sterling fired back.
"Detectives won't have anything new to release for the next several days while they try to piece all this together and work toward getting the suspects back to Oregon," Rasmussen said.
Homicide detectives responded to the scene in Gresham and one was sent to Kalama. The East Metro Gang Taskforce and the Multnomah County District Attorneys office were apprised of the situation.
Alder Elementary School was in a brief lockdown, which was lifted shortly after 3 p.m. All students were reported safe.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to the case is asked to call Gresham police at 503-618-2719.