UPDATE: Portland police identify man killed in Allen Ave. shooting

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PORTLAND — Police have identified the 22-year-old man who was shot and killed early Sunday in an apartment at 55 Allen Ave. as Taquan Samuels, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Police said a 911 call came in at 3:40 a.m. on July 25 reporting one person had been shot. Emergency crews responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The state medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting has been ruled a homicide.

Police said Samuels has been living in Portland for several weeks.

They said witnesses reportedly saw someone fleeing the scene immediately after the shot was fired, however a search of the area did not turn up any leads.

“We have spoken to some witnesses,” Portland Police Lt. Gary Rogers said, “but there are more people we need to get a hold of. People were with this guy the night before he was shot. We want to talk to them.”

Rogers would not say if the shooting was drug-related, or whether the victim’s apartment showed signs of a struggle.

Anyone with information regarding the case was asked to contact the Portland Police Department at 874-8539.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net