LAKEOSWEGO -- A man gunned down his mom and 16-year-old nephew outside the home he shared with his mother in Lake Oswego Monday, police said.
Saundra Wallace, 71, and Nicholas Juarez, 16, were found dead outside the home, located in the 18000 block of SW Indian Springs Circle, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Adrien Graham Wallace, 41, was questioned at the scene and then arrested.
According to the probable cause statement obtained by KGW, deputies said Adrien told them he shot his mom and nephew in the face with a hunting rifle as they tried to leave the home. Investigators have not elaborated on the suspected motive.
Jeremy Vermilyea, who lives across the street, said he heard gunshots and looked out his kitchen window in horror, as Adrien shot the pair in the driveway.
Sue was outside the car and then she was on the ground when he shot her. Then he turned and the nephew was still in the car, in the passenger seat, Vermilyea said. He turned and then he started shooting into her car four times and then he put the gun down and walked inside.
Deputies rushed to the scene around 6:15 p.m. after neighbors called 911 to report hearing 8 to 10 gunshots in the area known as River Grove.
KGW also obtained a police report that showed a restraining order had been issued against Adrien in 1992. That case was described as a domestic relations abuse prevention case and the woman named was not his mother.
Adrien appeared in court Tuesday on on two counts of aggravated murder. He was being held without bail. His next court appearance was scheduled for June 8.
Police said Juarez was visiting his grandma, Saundra, from California. His family in Mountain Home sent a statement to the media that said Nick was the light of their lives and a gifted musician. They said he was very involved with youth ministry and loved to talk and connect with people.
Saundra, who also went by Sandy or Sue, was a member of the Clackamas County Master Gardeners and a photo of her appeared on their web site. (See photo above, right.) Family members said she doted on her grandchildren and loved spending her spare time with them.
Funeral arrangements for both Nick and Sue were pending, the family said.