UPDATE: Police identify man found dead with gunshot wound on SE Cordon Road

Police are seeking information from the public about a man found dead from a gunshot wound in the early hours of Thursday morning in Salem’s Southeast Mill Creek neighborhood.

The Salem Police Department Friday afternoon identified the victim as Jesus Ramos-Torres, 23, of Salem.

Police released a photo of Ramos-Torres and his car “with the hope someone will come forward with information helpful to the investigation,” the agency said in a news release.

Investigators are seeking to talk with anyone who interacted with Ramos-Torres or know of his whereabouts Wednesday evening or before he died around 1:30 a.m. the next morning. They described his vehicle as a silver 2017 Lexus IS 350 F Sport.

Police asked anyone with information to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477. 

Original story below:

A 23-year-old man was found dead with a gunshot wound in the early hours of Thursday morning on Southeast Cordon Road in Salem’s Southeast Mill Creek neighborhood.

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded around 1:30 a.m. to a report of gunfire in the 1100 block of Cordon Road and found a vehicle blocking the roadway. The driver was dead, the Salem Police Department said in a news release.

The Salem agency took over the investigation and closed Cordon Road for around six hours between Southeast Macleay and Caplinger roads. Police reopened the road around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Salem police spokeswoman Angela Hedrick.

Police have made no arrests but said they were investigating the shooting as a homicide. They did not identify the victim and provided no other information about his death.

Detectives asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477 and refer to case number SMP24-6769.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.