PORTLAND, Ore. — Police arrested a 30-year-old woman late Friday who they said shot and killed a man and wounded two women.
Police said Tamena J. Strickland was taken to the Multnomah County Jail, where she faces charges of murder and attempted murder.
Family of the man who was killed said the victim was 22-year-old Deante Strickland, a student and basketball player at Portland State University.
Police did not link Tamena to Deante, but family said she is his sister.
Deante’s uncle, Damian Strickland, told KATU News Tamena shot another sister and Deante’s grandmother.
He also said that he had no idea what would have motivated her to shoot her family.
Both were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.
Police were called just after 2 p.m. to the area of Northeast 42nd Avenue, between Killingsworth and Holman streets. Authorities said they immediately secured the scene and got medical care for the victims.
Witness Kenneth Carter was flagged down by Deante moments after the shooting.
“As I crossed over (Northeast Holman), he came running down in the middle of the street,” Carter said. “I didn’t know what was going on, his arms were flailing and flapping as to signal, to stop me.”
When Deante reached his passenger side window, Carter says he was bleeding from his mouth.
Carter says two speeding vehicles, one of them believed to be the shooter’s car, drove past, spooking Deante.
He ran into a nearby construction site. A construction worker said he tried to perform CPR, but Deante did not survive.
PSU released a statement, mourning the loss of Deante Strickland. The university said he was a social science major.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Deante,” said Portland State Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary in the statement. “He represented everything it means to be a Viking in his hometown of Portland. He will forever be remembered for his character, determination and warm smile. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Viking’s basketball coach Barret Peery recruited Deante in 2017. In the school’s statement, Peery said everyone was saddened upon learning the news of Deante’s death.
“We are better for having had Deante in our lives,” he said. “His smile, passion and energy for life was second to none. He lit up a room and made the people around him better in every way. He loved his family, his friends and everyone around him. … We will never forget him and he will always be with us. I love Deante and am a better man for having the opportunity to coach him. This entire community will miss him.”
Deante attended Central High School and then went to Casper College in Wyoming before coming to PSU.