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Teens facing murder, assault charges in deadly Gresham shooting

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A 15-year-old boy admitted firing the shots that killed one man and injured another in a Gresham park, according to a probable cause affidavit in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Reynaldo Antonio-Ceja, 15, and Brian Hernandez-Cardona, 17, were arrested in connection with Friday's shooting at Red Sunset Park.

Antonio-Ceja faces charges of murder with a firearm, attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and assault with a firearm. Hernandez-Cardona faces charges of murder, attempted aggravated murder and assault.

The teens are members of the Playboys gang and were at the park to "front," or intimidate and insult, men they believed were members of a rival gang, according to court documents.

The shots were fired near the park's basketball court around 9:47 p.m. Police arrived and found Paulino Venancio-Lopez, 33, dead. A second victim, Omar Merino-Lopez, was shot in the leg. He ran from the park to a local hospital.

A sharp-eyed Beaverton police officer helped detectives identify the suspects.

According to court documents, he checked on an occupied car parked at the Elsie Stuhr Center Saturday night.

After getting consent to search the car, the officer found a .357 revolver with six spent casings in a backpack belonging to Hernandez-Cardona, court documents stated.

Hernandez-Cardona admitted being a gang member and admitted being in the park at the time of the shooting, court documents said.

He told officers it was the first time he saw someone killed, according to court documents, which also said Hernandez-Cardona told police they were in the park Friday night to "front" or confront a rival gang and insult them.

He helped police identify the other suspect as Antonio-Ceja, who was arrested in Estacada on Sunday.

Antonio-Ceja initially denied being involved with the shooting, but later admitted to firing the gunshots, according to court documents.

The probable cause affidavit said Antonio-Ceja told police "he did not mean to kill anyone and that he wanted to convey that he was sorry to the victim's family."

East County Major Crimes Team detectives are still looking for more information in this case. Officers distributed a flier to neighbors, asking for witnesses to the July 5 shooting and to a July 4 fight at the park's picnic area.

Police have not said how or if the two incidents are related.

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