Victims identified in Sunday Old Town shooting
The man who allegedly broke Portland's homicide record reported confessed and used methamphetamine just hours before the shooting, according to court documents.
Michael S. VanDomelen is accused of killing another man and a woman in Portland's Old Town on Sunday, Oct. 24.
The victims are identified as Daniel C. Davis, 47, of Portland, and Ashlie D. Walker, 37, of Portland.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner confirmed their identities and determined cause and manner of their death to be homicide by gunshot.
Walker's family provided a photo for public release. There is no photo of Davis available.
The victims are the 71st and 72nd homicides of this year. That breaks the record of 70 homicides set in 1987.
VanDomelen was arrested at the scene. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after appearing before a judge Monday.
Authorities said Portland Police Bureau officers received a call around 6:30 a.m. reporting gunshots at an apartment located at 310 NW 6th Avenue. The 911 caller noted the shots were coming from the third floor of the apartment building and identified the shooter as a resident named "Mike."
Officers arrived at the scene and found VanDomelen on the third floor. According to an affidavit of probable cause, VanDomelen told officers there was a gun in his pocket as he was being taken into custody. A 9 mm handgun and two loaded 9 mm magazines were found.
With the officers inside the apartment building, one unit's door was open, allowing them to see two dead individuals laying on the floor, according to the documents. Police said both individuals appeared to be shot and there were multiple shell casings outside the apartment.
Court documents indicate Officer Petty told Detective Pontius that VanDomelen confessed to shooting two people while sitting in the patrol car.
A resident of the building who allegedly witnessed the situation said he left his room after hearing gunshots. According to court documents, the witness saw the two victims inside the nearby apartment and that both had been shot. Yates allegedly asked the man who shot him, but the man was unresponsive.
Shortly after, VanDomelen emerged into the hallway where the witness asked if 911 had been called and VanDomelen said no, according to court documents. When asked by the witness if he knew who had done it, VanDomelen said "I did," according to court records.
VanDomelen allegedly told the witness he wanted to put the male victim out of his misery and the witness began to walk away when he heard another shot, according to authorities.
Surveillance video from the apartment hallway showed VanDomelen pointing a gun into the apartment where the two victims were found, according to the affidavit. He allegedly then left the area before returning when the witness was outside the apartment. The video allegedly showed VanDomelen pointing the gun into the apartment once again following his interaction with the witness.
According to officials, VanDomelen was interviewed by Det. Pontius. In the interview, VanDomelen disclosed he was friends with the male victim and admitted to shooting "him," according to the court documents. He also allegedly noted there was a woman in the room.
Official documents indicate VanDomelen claimed he used methamphetamine multiple times just hours before the incident. He also allegedly said he could hear voices telling him to shoot people.
VanDomelen confirmed he had his gun when he first arrived at the apartment, officials said.
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