Violent shooting of 9-year-old Gresham boy leads to convictions
Two 26-year-old men have been sentenced for their involvement in a brutal attack that left a 9-year-old Gresham boy and his mother with multiple gunshot wounds.
The court sentenced Rashad Banks to 20 years in prison and Nakiem Brown to 5 years Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, for their involvement in the shooting.
Cherie Thompson was shot three times, while her son Lamar Horsley was shot nine times. Both survived.
"We saw an unprecedented degree of intentional, cowardly, heinous and violent actions in this case," said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hannon, who prosecuted this case with Deputy District Attorney Eric Zimmerman.
Court documents report the sentences take into account the extreme physical trauma the victims endured as a result of the premeditated home invasion attack.
"The heroic efforts of the responding police officers, emergency medical responders, and the trauma team at the hospital ultimately saved this child's life," Zimmerman said. "This remarkably strong boy will be forced to have a permanent reminder of the sheer terror of this callous and cold blooded shooting. Despite being blinded in one eye because of the hail of gunfire this child found himself in, he is doing remarkably well at school and in extracurricular activities."
The investigation began on May 2017 around 4:30 a.m. when a Gresham Police officer heard approximately three gunshots near his location.
While the officer performed an area check, emergency dispatchers received multiple 911 calls from community members reporting a shooting in the 1300 block of Northeast 183rd Avenue.
Inside an apartment, officers located four people — Thompson, 29, Horsley, 9, Ervan Ronell Herring Jr., 24, and a 2-year-old girl. Neither Herring Jr. nor the girl were injured.
Gresham Police Officer Jonathan Buck grabbed Horsely and carried him to an ambulance after discovering the severity of the wounds. About an hour after the shooting, doctors at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center told police that Lamar had been shot in the head, neck and abdomen and that his condition was critical and unstable. He lost his left eye during the shooting and continues to experience complications including some partial paralysis to the left side of his body.
During the investigation, law enforcement determined the intended target of the shooting was likely Herring Jr.
"They set out with a plan," Zimmerman said. "They were hunting."
Through the trial prosecutors connected the shooting to violence between two rival gangs.
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