Stark Street fatal shooting suspect arraigned

It seems that the accused in this case will face gunfire murder charges in other shootings, in addition to the February 2 fatal shooting in the Hazelwood neighborhood …

In mid-afternoon of Wednesday, February 2, SE Stark Street in outer East Portland was closed off while Portland Police Bureau officers investigated a shooting homicide.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In the Week #82 Shooting Report, East Portland News reported on three gunshot murders.

It appears that one of those homicides – a daytime shooting on SE Stark Street on February 2 — has been solved. A suspect has been identified, arrested, and indicted for the crime.

A man died in this shooting; another was wounded further east along Stark Street at 122nd Avenue.

In fact, on March 29, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 49-year-old Joseph Kelly Banks had been arrested, and arraigned on fifteen Felony charges stemming from several shootings – three of which led to fatalities – between January 2nd and March 1st of this year.

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According to official records, Banks was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:47 p.m., on a variety of Felony charges.

Officials say this man, Jeff Ramirez, was killed in the February 2nd vehicle-to-vehicle shooting. Family provided image

The person murdered on February 2 in the Hazelwood neighborhood was 35-year-old Jeff Ramirez. Stark Street, a block east of Ventura Park, was closed for hours while the investigation was underway.

According to court documents, Banks is alleged to have also shot and killed 35-year-old Isaiah Hurst on North Vancouver Avenue and Morgan Street on January 2, and he’s also charged with the shooting death of 55-year-old Mark Johnson on March 1st near Dawson Park.

In court, the accysed – 49-year-old Joseph Kelly Banks – is arraigned, and enters a “not guilty” plea. Image courtesy of KOIN-TV News 6

In the Multnomah County Grand Jury indictment, filed on March 28, Banks is also charged with three counts of attempted murder in the second degree with a firearm; as well as charges of first-degree assault and second-degree assault in shootings in which the victims survived.

Banks entered a not guilty plea in court on January 29.  Banks is currently in custody at the MCDC and is being held without bail.

“A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Banks is innocent unless and until proven guilty,” reminded Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Communications Director Elisabeth Shepard.

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