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Woman killed in suspected gang-related shooting


Neighbor, young niece had guns held to their heads

A young single mother, 21-year-old Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring, died around 5 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in what appears to be a gang-related shooting. An autopsy will be conducted.

When officers arrived at the East Village Apartments in the 15000 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard in the Centennial Neighborhood, they learned from witnesses that several African American males with handguns were seen in the area and shots had been heard from Herring’s apartment.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED: FACEBOOK IMAGE - Ervaeua Ronchelle HerringA witness told KOIN 6 News that around 5 a.m. Sunday she heard several people talking outside in the parking lot followed by several rounds of gunfire. She said her neighbor’s window and wall had been shot and a man living in the apartment complex said he was awakened by the sounds of what he guessed to be five rounds of gunfire.

One of the first 9-1-1 callers told dispatchers that the suspects were known gang members, police on scene confirmed.

Carl Barr, whose niece lives at the apartment complex, said some of the gunmen entered his unit and held a gun to his and his 10-year-old grand-niece’s head.

“It’s just wrong,” he said. “These people aren’t thinking about anyone except themselves.” Barr said neither he or his niece were injured.

According to her Facebook page, Herring was a Portland native, attended Parkrose High School and formerly worked at Abercrombie and Fitch as a model. According to KOIN 6 News, a woman who identified herself as Herring’s grandmother, but who wouldn’t give her name, said Herring’s death should not have happened.

“This grandbaby of mine did not deserve this. It’s all because of who she affiliates with,” she said. She said she didn’t know why Herring was killed.

“Baby I don’t know because she didn’t do nothin’. Must have been some of those folks she was messing with.”

When police found Herring’s body inside the ground floor apartment, they confirmed there was evidence of several rounds being fired from at least two different weapons.

Police have not announced any arrests. It is unknown if the shooting is connected to an earlier shooting Sunday in downtown Portland that injured three people. An officer on scene said police will be looking into all recent shootings to determine if revenge could be a motive.

Portland’s Gang Enforcement Team will assist homicide detectives with an investigation into the incident, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Police do not have descriptions of the suspects and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Molly Daul at 503-823-0991, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Anyone who witnessed the shooting should call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

— KOIN 6 News

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