Michael Christopher Ramirez fatally shot two victims on consecutive nights in East Portland

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Michael RamirezA 22-year-old man was found guilty of a pair of murders after killing two men on consecutive days in East Multnomah County.

Michael Christopher Ramirez was found by a 12-person jury in the Multnomah County District Court to be guilty on two counts of second-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He is scheduled for sentencing in September.

"These killings were senseless, purposeless, and have had a ripple effect in the communities where they took place," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kate Molina.

The first murder took place around 2 a.m. in May of 2019. Ramirez and a group of teenagers were car prowling near Southeast 103rd Avenue and Southeast Reedway Street when a local resident, 44-year-old Sergey Peshkov, confronted them to stop. After approaching a second time, the majority of the car prowlers walked away.

Ramirez stayed behind, shooting Peshkov several times before fleeing. Peshkov was fatally struck by bullets in his right arm, abdomen, leg and once in the head. According to court documents, Ramirez later drove back to the scene to view the body and brag about the murder.

The next night, on May 25, 2019, around 8 p.m., Ramirez and an acquaintance, 18-year-old Lorenzo Gordon, met in a parking lot of an apartment complex on Southeast 162nd Avenue. Both were in vehicles, and three others were present. They began to argue, and Gordon left his car to approach Ramirez's window. Ramirez fatally shot him once in the chest, fleeing the scene.

Ramirez was arrested on May 26, 2019, on an unrelated charge. While in custody in Inverness Jail he incriminated himself in the two shootings.

"Mr. Pashkov was simply trying to keep himself and his neighbors safe — Mr. Gordon was simply having an argument," Molina said. "Neither warranted a death sentence."

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