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Community Grieves Children’s Author and Mentor

No Suspects Wanted or Charged in Shooting

37-year-old Montrell “Trell” Goss. A Portland community is grieving after police say a man was shot in a southeast Portland bar

A man has died after a shooting in a Centennial Neighborhood Bar, and all people who are believed to be directly involved have been interviewed. On Friday, February 2, 2024 East Precinct and Focused Intervention Team (FIT) officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a bar in the 17200 block of Southeast Division Street. Officers arrived and found an injured man inside the bar. Officers began trauma first aid until EMS arrived. Paramedics initiated advanced care before transporting the patient to the hospital with life threatening injuries. The involved man remained on scene and spoke to officers, and no suspect is currently being sought. The police said they have not charged anyone. Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation. Several hours later, PPB was notified that despite lifesaving efforts by medical professionals, the patient died at the hospital. The Portland Police Homicide Unit was notified and is assuming the investigation. The fatal shooting is the city’s ninth homicide this year.

Neighbors and friends say the victim was 37-year-old Montrell “Trell” Goss. His passion was writing children’s books and reading them at schools along with a mascot named Triple C. His two published books center around Chillin’ the Courageous Coyote - who is described as misunderstood. Goss’s books can be found on Amazon.

According to a statement that was made by Laura Cromwell who watched Goss grow as a children’s author gave a statement to KPTV “He was a peacemaker kind of guy,” she said. “He wanted to make the world a better place. And it starts with kids.” She continued and said more than anything; Cromwell said she wants people to know Trell Goss was a good guy.

Police said witnesses may have left before speaking with police. If anyone has information about the shooting and has not yet spoken with investigators, police ask that they contact Detective Eric McDaniel at or 503-823-0833, or Detective Sean Macomber at or 503-823-0404, and reference case number 24-26686.


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