PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities are releasing 1 of 3 individuals arrested in connection with a shooting during last week’s protests.
Initially, 2 18-year-olds were arrested after a man was shot on the Morrison Bridge during the 4th night of protests in Portland. The shooting victim was identified as Louis Carlos Paredes-Luis, 21, authorities said.
Steffon Marquise Corothers and Shamar Xavier Hunter were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.
Police said Corothers will be released from jail after further investigation revealed he was not the suspect in last week’s shooting.
Corothers faced one charge of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon. Hunter (the driver) was charged in week’s shooting and an earlier gang-related shooting that took place on November 1.
The Portland Police Bureau said detectives later learned a 14-year-old boy was the suspect in last week’s shooting. He has since been arrested and faces charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon, authorities said. His name is being withheld because he is a minor.
According to police, there was an altercation between a protester and the occupants of a car on the bridge. A suspect got out of the car and fired multiple shots, causing non life-threatening injuries to Paredes-Luis.
“For our staff and our officers, when you hear the gunfire and then you have a shooting on the bridge and you know it’s protest, everybody’s heart kind of stopped,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said. “It’s really worst case scenario and really an outlier of a circumstance.”
Early Saturday morning, the suspect’s vehicle was spotted by an off-duty officer around NE 102nd and Sandy. On-duty officers stopped the car and detained 4 people, all believed to be gang members, Portland police said. A gun was found in the car, according to police.
Simpson said the 2 are gang-affiliated but they don’t believe the shooting was gang motivated.
“We don’t believe the target in the shooting had any gang involvement at all it appears to be conflict between gang member criminals with guns and people in a protest,” Simpson said.