One day – two shootings – three murders; another day in outer East Portland

The carnage, by violent people using guns, continued this week with murders in the Centennial neighborhood and western edge of the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood ..

Again this week, bullets fly – as criminals use their guns to create havoc and death in outer East Portland.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

So far this week, two shooting incidents have left three people dead – and both incidents took place on the same day, Sunday, January 17.

Double murder in Centennial

PPB Homicide Division detectives work with patrol officers to gather information about a shooting that leaves two people dead.

The first act of violence, committed by a vicious person with a gun on January 17, started out as yet another outer East Portland “Shots Fired” call. Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched at 3:38 a.m. to look into reports of a shooting incident along SE Division Street, in a commercial parking lot near 143rd Avenue.

“Officers found two victims, deceased,” was how PPB Public Information Officer Derek Carmon succinctly put it.

Detectives from the PPB Homicide Division were called in to start an investigation of the bloody incident.

-6 Detectives revealed that the homicide victims in in this shooting were Frank Gouland and Adam Kekoa Adams. Family-provided photos, via PPB

“The homicide victims in this shooting have been identified as 31-year-old Frank Gouland and 28-year-old Adam Kekoa Adams,” Carmon said. “The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Officer determined both Mr. Gouland and Mr. Adams died from gunshot wounds and ruled their deaths a homicide.”

The investigation is ongoing, and Homicide Detectives ask that anyone with information about the case please contact Detective Brad Clifton at or (503)823-0696 or Detective Michael Greenlee at or (503)823-0871.

Powellhurst-Gilbert shooting victim dies

Paramedics couldn’t help the victim they found suffering from traumatic injuries.

The other incident didn’t actually start out as a “Shots Fired” call. Instead, 9-1-1 Center dispatchers sent Portland Fire & Rescue firefighter/paramedics to a residential area in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood at SE 90th Place, about a block north of Powell Boulevard, at 7:41 p.m. on January 17. It was for “Medical Assistance”.

As soon as paramedics arrived, PPB East Precinct officers were also dispatched to the scene. Officers found a “deceased victim, suffering from traumatic injuries,” as PPB officials reported it.

For the second time in 24 hours – this time in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood – PPB Homicide Division detectives are called on to investigate a murder by a killer using a gun.

Detectives from the PPB Homicide Division soon arrived to begin an investigation into the death.

Meantime, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted a post mortem exam on the victim, and determined the cause of death was from gunshot wounds, and the manner of death homicide.

Officials say this man, 31-year-old Samuel Feltis, was shot and left to die. Family provided photo

The authorities had little to say about the case, other than to identify the murder victim as 31-year-old Samuel Feltis.

That investigation is also ongoing, and Homicide Detectives hope that anyone with information about this incident will contact Detective Scott Broughton at (503) 823-3774 or or Detective William Winters at (503) 823-0466 or

Did you know?
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