Seven shot at Gresham vigil Monday night
Seven people were shot while attending a vigil in Gresham for a different shooting victim late Monday, April 26.
The names of the victims were not immediately released. All are expected to survive.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt decried the violence and called on the public to help identify the suspects.
Police responded to the scene at Southeast 174th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street around 11:30 p.m. According to authorities, people had gathered for a vigil in honor of 22-year-old Alejandro Baraja, who was killed in the same area Monday night.
At one point during the vigil, a black SUV drove by and exchanged gunfire with the crowd. Seven people were struck. The SUV was last seen traveling west on Stark.
The victims reportedly suffered varying injuries and were rushed to a local hospital.
Hours after the Monday shooting, Grsham police detectives arrested a man they said was connected to the Barajas' murder. Omar Cibiran Gongora was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Multnomah County Jail Tuesday.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Gresham Police.
Here is Schmidt's complete statement:
"The gun violence that unfolded in Gresham on Monday shows the urgent need for more community-based programs that work to prevent gun violence and that respond to the emotional trauma left behind. The outcome of this shooting could have been much different. We acknowledge the paramedics and hospital staff across the metro who are still helping the victims recover from the physical injuries resulting from this brazen act of violence. Outreach workers and crisis counselors stand ready to help the victims and their families. The Gresham Police Department is continuing to work on this investigation — and we are deeply appreciative of their efforts. Our office will continue to assist with this investigation, will handle any prosecutions that result and will support the victims through our Victim's Assistance Program. Locally, law enforcement is pulling resources together to investigate gun crimes and to prevent the next shooting from happening, but we need the community's help. Anyone with information on Monday's shooting in Gresham should contact law enforcement at 503-823-3333. If community members need to report an emergency or have specific information about a shooting that may occur in the future, contact 9-1-1."
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