Gresham Gunman Arrested After Bizarre Poker Shoot-Out IncidentFebruary 4, 2010 7:04 am
Following a bizarre shoot out at a Gresham poker parlor where a lone gunman opened fire on a group of players wounding two of them, a 66 year old retired man with no previous criminal convictions has been arrested.
What makes the incident all the more puzzling is that the man, named as Carroll L. Mayfield, seemed to have no motive for his maniacal assault and apparently opened fire without making any demands first. Commenting on the shootings Sgt. Rick Wilson, Gresham police said:
“It would appear that this was a random act of violence with no indication that Mayfield knew the victims. The shooting is not directly related to the Players Club.”
The incident took place on Friday 29th January, when proprietor Jacque Lavadour and six men were sitting around the felt playing poker at his club on 106 N. Main Ave. Around 10:40 p.m the group noticed a man peering into the poker room through the front window and, as Lavadour said, ““The guy was so calm, he was just hanging around. We thought he was gonna come in and play some cards.”
The man then moved in front of the club’s open double doors and told them to “Get on the floor,” before then shooting one man and hitting him in the side. The gunman then continued firing his weapon, this time hitting another man in the arm and took pot shots at another two men as they tried to flee through the back door.The gunman Mayfield, then walked casually away before being arrested 13 minutes later while still in possession of the gun.
Apparently, Carroll L. Mayfield was employed as a public utility worker for the city for more than 21 years before retiring in 2006. He is now being held at the Inverness Jail and facing two allegations of attempted murder and two allegations of first-degree assault.
Commenting on the bizarre episode, club owner Jacque Lavadour said: “I don’t know if he’s someone who is off his meds, if he’s a Vietnam vet, if his wife was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. Whether it was a gambling type of thing, who knows. But it seems he had his mind made up to shoot up a group of people. Which is unnerving.”