Birthday celebration ends in attempted murder

Michael Damone Kent allegedly shot his sister-in-law and a man as they sat in a car outside Binks Bar on April 5

Michael Kent, April 15, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Kent, April 15, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A shooting following a birthday celebration at a Portland bar ended with one man faces multiple charges, including attempted murder.

Michael Damone Kent allegedly shot his sister-in-law and a man as they sat in a car outside Binks bar on April 5.

The victims, Tenniel Scott and Nehemiah Vaughan, allegedly met Kent at a bar and were giving him a ride home. Allegedly, Kent got upset, jumped out of the car and shot Scott and Vaughan, who sped off away from the gunfire.

A bartender identified Kent as a regular at Binks Bar in the Alberta District and said he was there celebrating his birthday. As the group was leaving, the bartender said she gave Kent a hug and a woman said, “Don’t be getting a hug from anyone,” investigators said.

Minutes later, gunfire was heard and the sound of a car crash.

Kent was charged on April 15 with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault with a firearm, four counts of unlawful use of a firearm and being felon in possession of a firearm.

Scott and Vaughan are expected to recover.

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