TriMet bus, cars hit by gunfire in NE Portland

No one was injured

A TriMet bus was hit by gunfire late Wednesday night, June 28 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A TriMet bus was hit by gunfire late Wednesday night, causing riders to duck for cover.

TriMet spokesperson Roberta Altstadt said bus line 75 was struck on NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd at Lombard Street around 11:41 p.m. Two passengers were on board as well as the driver.

The shots came from the nearby Taco Bell parking lot and hit a utility box as well as the bus.

A TriMet bus was hit by gunfire in Northeast Portland, June 28, 2017 (KOIN)
A TriMet bus was hit by gunfire in Northeast Portland, June 28, 2017 (KOIN)

Witnesses said a man was shooting at a person in a car, but accidentally struck the bus in the process. Officers found shell casings in the Taco Bell parking lot. Several cars were also hit in the spray of bullets.

According to witnesses, a group of men were arguing before shots were fired, then a group of cars sped away.

Fortunately, nobody was hit on the bus, but riders are still nervous about the close call.

Maria Francisco, a TriMet rider, said, “It’s scary, I feel sad. What if somebody got hurt?”

Anastasia Gowan, who rides the bus almost every day, said said she still feels the bus is safer than the MAX train when it comes to public transportation.

Portland’s Gang Enforcement Team is investigating the situation.

Police don’t have any suspects in custody and urge the public to contact them if they have any information regarding the incident.