PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A truck was pierced with bullets Saturday afternoon in a shooting in the Pearl District.
At 5:57 p.m., officers were called in response to gunfire near Northwest 15th Avenue and Hoyt Street. Multiple 911 calls were placed after the gunshots were heard.
The Portland Police Bureau said the suspect, identified as Anthony S. Rivera, 29, was found walking out of a parking garage. He was arrested and a handgun taken from his backpack, authorities said.
Police said Rivera was eating dinner with his girlfriend and another friend when he left the restaurant upset. After authorities said he damaged his friend’s car, Rivera fired several gunshots. No one was injured.
The man whose truck was hit by the gunfire was at the Blazer game when it happened. He was surprised to return to his car and find police all around and at least 4 bullet holes.
Residents near the shooting, which happened in broad daylight on NW 15th and Everett Street, were surprised that something like this happened in a typically quiet area.
“Really surprised and curious,” Derek Green said. “I want to know what happened.”
Green said he was heading out to celebrate his birthday and didn’t hear any gunshots.
“I think it would be pretty surprising in this area given the demographic and everything,” Green said. “But I guess it can happen anywhere.”
Investigators who were combing through the parking lot on 15th Avenue revealed large bullet holes in one of the windows.
Some visitors from Southern Oregon were surprised to learn this happened in the same area they parked their car. Sandy and Mimi live nearby and said they might not have ventured out if they knew this happened.
“I don’t think we would come out to dinner if we knew this was going to happen,” Sandy said.
Police said the incident seemed to be a dispute between people who knew each other.
Rivera was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a loaded firearm, recklessly endangering another person, carrying a concealed weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, discharging a firearm in the city and second-degree disorderly conduct, authorities said. He’s due in court on Monday.