Sheriff's office: Lake Oswego suspect killed mother, teen nephew

Sheriff's office: Lake Oswego suspect killed mother, teen nephew

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate a shooting that left two people dead, including a teenager, in Lake Oswego on Monday.

Police took Adrien G. Wallace, 41, into custody without incident after the shooting.

On Tuesday, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as Saundra Wallace, 71, of Lake Oswego, and Nicholas Juarez, age 16.

Adrien is Saundra's son and Juarez is his nephew, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office did not say where Juarez lived but did say both victims died from gunshot wounds.

In a probable cause statement issued by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wallace told investigators he confronted his mother and nephew outside the home he shared with his mother.

He told investigators he committed the murders by "shooting them both in the face with a hunting rifle," adding, he "killed both of them as they tried to leave." 

Police arrived at the home in the 18000 block of Southwest Indian Springs Circle at about 6:30 p.m. Monday after there were reports of a shooting.

Police say they don't know the reason Wallace allegedly committed the crimes.

Neighbors said they heard more than 10 shots.

"There was eight, 10 (shots) and then I stopped counting," said Malia Gibbons who had stepped outside to get the mail. "They just kept coming and that's what made me think that is was fireworks more than a gunshot."

A public records search indicates Wallace was issued a restraining order in 1992 for "domestic relations abuse" and the case was later closed.

The person who filed for the restraining order was not involved in the shooting.

A person who identified himself as a friend of Saundra Wallace said he knew that her son, Adrien, had "mental instability issues" and was a guy who "had guns."

The friend also said Saundra Wallace had recently retired. Other neighbors said Saundra was an avid gardener. Plants and a garden hose were in the driveway of her home Tuesday.

The family of the victims released a statement Tuesday afternoon that read in part, "We are devastated at the tragic, senseless loss of our beloved son, Nicolas (Nick) Juarez, and our mother Saundra (Sue) Wallace. Nick was the light of all of our lives: a young man of strong faith who loved life and his family. ... Sue Wallace was a beloved mother and grandmother who doted on her grandchildren whom she loved spending all of her spare time with."

Adrien Wallace is being held at the Clackamas County Jail on two counts of aggravated murder. No bail has been set.

He appeared before a judge Tuesday afternoon said little and displayed no emotion.

Neighbors said the shooting is highly unusual as the neighborhood is typically quiet.

However, another violent crime took place nearby on Indian Creek Way in April when a man claiming royal lineage said he was attacked in a home invasion robbery by suspects with fake law enforcement badges.

The victim in that case, George Von Bothmer, said he was struck with a gun during the robbery. The gun also fired during the attack but no one was hit. Two other people were in the home at the time and were not hurt.

The Lake Oswego Police Department and Oregon State Police are assisting deputies in the murder investigation.