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Police do not believe the driver, who was seriously wounded, was the intended target of the shooting.

COURTESY PHOTO: PPB - A TriMet bus driver was shot Saturday. A bullet came through the windshield and hit him in the shoulder.
A TriMet driver was shot and wounded behind the wheel of a bus in East Portland on Saturday.

The name of the victim was not immediately released. No suspect information was available, either.

According to police, an East Precinct officer was in the vicinity on another call around 7 p.m. May 22 when she heard gunfire near Northeast 102nd Avenue and Halsey Street. She and other officers responded and found the wounded driver, who was transported to an area hospital.

TriMet released the following statement in response to the shooting:

"The TriMet family is reeling from the shooting of one of our co-workers as he was serving our community. But we are so happy to report that he expects to make a full recovery. Our hearts go out to him and his family during this difficult time.

"We appreciate the care and support he received from first responders, Portland Police and staff at Legacy Emanuel. We urge anyone with information about the shooting to contact police."

Police do not believe the driver was the intended target of the shooting. He is described an an adult male who suffered a serious shoulder wound, but who was conscious and talked to the officers when they arrived.

In addition, Lt. Kenneth Duilio of Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct said the driver appeared to have an injury to his eye, possibly from shrapnel from the glass of the windshield through which the bullet passed.

"He is at the hospital now. There is concern about his vision and possibly losing his eye, but the injury to his shoulder, or clavicle, should be survivable," Duilio said.

When KOIN 6 News arrived at the scene Saturday evening, a TriMet bus could be seen with a bullet hole through the windshield.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - The scene of the police response to the shooting of the TriMet bus driver.

A witness who wanted to remain anonymous for safety reasons had this to say about the shooting:

"We was coming out of Applebee's onto Halsey. The suspect was right behind me when the shooting went down. All I know it was a black SUV and they were shooting and, like I said, he was hanging out of the car shooting."

Duilio said there were around 25 passengers on the bus, but none were injured. The single bullet hole in the windshield of the bus showed just how close it came to the driver's head.

Duilio said the shooting happened several blocks east of Northeast 102nd, but the bullet traveled straight down Northeast Halsey into the windshield.

The shooting is just one more incident in what is shaping up to be a record year for gun violence.

A witness to the shooting, who wanted to remain anonymous, commented: "We need to stop all this gang banging. We need to stop this. We all need to come together as one and stop all this. I did have grandkids in the car, so I was not happy about that."

"There was a dramatic increase last summer and just from the numbers this year, we are on pace to set records in the number of shootings overall, the number of people hit by gunfire and the number of people killed by gunfire. When I say overall, that would be all-time in the history of Portland. We are on pace to, unfortunately, break those records," Duilio said.

The lieutenant went on to say that there is some suspect information on the people involved, but investigators couldn't confirm any of of the witness statements that KOIN 6 News gathered as it's early on in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to reference case #21-138251 and e-mail Crime Stoppers of Oregon. You can also submit an anonymous tip to the Crime Stoppers of Oregon website or "P3 Tips" phone app for cash rewards up to $2,500.

The shooting comes after another TriMet bus driver, Breauna White, was shot and killed in an apartment in Portland's Cathedral Park neighborhood on May 5. The suspect in that case, Henry Brogdan, was apprehended and jailed Friday in Texas.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.

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