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Vehicle of interest sought in shooting that wounded TriMet bus driver; reward offered

TriMet is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the shooter.
Credit: Portland police
The vehicle of interest in the shooting of a TriMet bus driver in Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) on Tuesday released a photo of a vehicle of interest in the shooting of a TriMet bus driver last month.

The driver, Dale Tozier, was shot and wounded on May 22 in Northeast Portland, near 102nd Avenue and Halsey Street. There were passengers on the bus at the time but no one else was hurt.

Tozier said once he realized he was hit, his mindset immediately shifted to his passengers. He told them to get off the bus, and that's when he started administering first aid to his wound. 

"The first thing you want to do is make sure you're okay, 'it didn't hit the lung, they didn't hit an artery so you'll survive. Just slow the bleeding down and don't go into shock,'" said Tozier. 

A bullet went through the front windshield and hit Tozier in the shoulder. Tozier said his clavicle stopped the bullet. Part of his clavicle is missing, but doctors tell him it will grow back. 

Police are looking for what appears to be a dark-colored Kia Soul in connection with the shooting. 

Credit: Portland police
The vehicle of interest in the shooting of a TriMet bus driver in Portland.

TriMet is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the shooter. Crime Stoppers of Oregon is also offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the shooter’s arrest.

Report a tip to Crime Stoppers here.

Credit: Portland police
A bullet went through the front windshield and hit the bus driver in his shoulder.

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