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TriMet bus driver shot while driving in Northeast Portland

The shooting happened Saturday night near Northeast 102nd Avenue and Halsey Street; police said the suspect is at large

PORTLAND, Oregon — Police said a TriMet bus driver was shot in the shoulder Saturday evening while behind the wheel of a bus in Northeast Portland.

The suspect remains at large late Saturday night, police said.

At about 7 p.m., a Portland police officer heard gunfire near Northeast 102nd Avenue and Halsey Street while responding to a separate incident.

Officers found the adult male bus driver seriously injured, and there was a bullet hole in his windshield. 

The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police said he was conscious and talking to officers before he left. 

There were passengers on the bus when the driver was shot, police said, but no one else was injured. 

The intersection of Northeast 102nd and Halsey was closed for several hours Saturday evening while police conducted their investigation. 

In a statement, TriMet said the driver is expected to make a full recovery. The company also said it would help police in any way it could to find the shooter, including turning over surveillance video from the bus.

The TriMet family is reeling from the shooting of one of our coworkers 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 & staff at Legacy Emanuel. Our operator was struck by a bullet that went through the bus windshield at NE 102nd & Halsey. We urge anyone with information about the shooting to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov