Woman shoots man in face at East Portland assisted living center

Week #193 Shooting Report | INCLUDES BRIEF INVESTIGATION VIDEO | Portland Police are calling this outer East Portland incident a ‘Domestic Violence’ shooting; a suspect was arrested …

At this outer East Portland Assisted Living Center, police come to the aid of a man who’d been shot in the face, and arrest the suspected shooter.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

This unusual shooting incident is being chalked up to “domestic violence”. It took place on Thursday afternoon, February 22, causing PPB East Precinct officers to be dispatched to 3560 SE 79th Avenue, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard, at 4:25 p.m.

While officers were still on their way, dispatchers sent them an update. The victim, a 75-year-old man, had been able to make his way to the lobby of St. Anthony Village’s Nani Warren Assisted Living Center building. An ambulance was added to the dispatch at 4:27 p.m.

A PPB sergeant heads into the building as the investigation gets underway.

The shooting victim told witnesses that he had been shot by a woman who was now attempting to flee the scene.

Based on the description provided by the victim, officers spotted the woman in a car trying to drive away, and safely took her into custody. The wounded man was taken to a local hospital – with a gunshot wound to the face – but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

After briefly interviewing the suspect, not visible here behind a vehicle, an officer calls for investigators from the Special Victims Unit to respond.

Detectives from the PPB’s Special Victims Unit were called in and assumed the investigation, because the shooting suspect was believed to be the current or former spouse of the victim.

Officials say this is the Smith & Wesson handgun used in the shooting, along with bullets in an evidence bag. PPB image

Investigators recovered what appeared to be a Smith & Wesson Model 638 revolver, with a fully-shrouded hammer, believed to have been used in the crime.

As evening falls, investigation into the shooting continues.

73-year-old Lana Jean Strand was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC), at 9:23 p.m. the same evening, on two Felony charges: Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Domestic Violence,) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Domestic Violence).

Because the alleged shooting took place inside the building, there’s not much to see from the exterior. However, this shows what we witnessed, while investigating this incident:

At her arraignment the following day, Strand learned she was to be held without bail, for the time being, at the MCDC. No motive has yet been revealed for what may have been intended as a deadly attack between parties who knew each other.

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