Woman killed after dispute in Montavilla area park


The victim's family witnessed the shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was killed in a shooting after a dispute at a park in the Montavilla neighborhood late Monday night, her family confirmed.

Police said the shooting happened in the 9200 block of Southeast Main Street around 11:30 p.m.

An undated photo of Denise Elliot, who was fatally shot near a park in the Montavilla neighborhood on September 2, 2019. (Courtesy of Charles Tracy)

Denise Elliot was found in her family’s front yard. Her father, Charles Tracy told KOIN 6 News she was at nearby Berrydale Park with her husband, teenage daughter and other family members when people came out of a nearby house and said they were being too loud.

He said words were exchanged and Denise and her family started walking toward his house a block away. Her daughter told him they were followed and then Denise was shot by a man.

“I heard the gunshots go off and when I came outside, within a few seconds, my daughter was gone,” he said. “The medics were doing CPR but they didn’t do it very long.”

The 15-year-old ran into Tracy’s home for help but medics couldn’t revive her.

“I just don’t believe it,” Tracy said. “I’ll probably believe it when it finally hits me.”

Tracy doesn’t think this incident is related to the other recent shootings in Montavilla.

“I think it all escalated over the noise they were making in the park,” Tracy said. “From what I can understand from my granddaughter, everything was fine until they started raising hell over the noise they were making.”

Police are not commenting on the active investigation.

The medical examiner, who usually only attends scenes with a death involved, was seen in the area around 5:30 a.m.

No suspects have been found.

There were a series of other shooting incidents in Montavilla in the past week

A second shooting was called in from North Portland’s Pier Park area around 2 a.m. Tuesday. A teenage boy was shot but is expected to recover. Police have not connected the incidents.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team is investigating. Authorities said they make 6 arrests over the Labor Day weekend and seized 6 guns.

The Montavilla investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the non-emergency line at 503.823.3333.

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