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Disturbance on TriMet bus leads to fatal shooting

The bus was in the area of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 26th Avenue on Sunday evening when one person was shot and killed.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Editor's note: On August 12, Portland police identified the person who was shot and killed as 44-year-old Adrian Anastacio Richardson. 

One person was shot and killed during a disturbance on a TriMet bus on Sunday, according to Portland police. The incident happened just before 5:30 p.m. Officers were sent to the area of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 26th Avenue to respond to a report that someone had been shot.

When they arrived they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

The suspect fled before authorities arrived. No arrests have been made, no suspect information has been released and the identity of the victim has not been released.

A spokesperson for Trimet released a statement:

"Our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the person who died, as well as to our operator and the people who were on board the bus at the time of the incident. We hope everyone involved can find comfort and healing during this difficult time."

Trimet is sharing security video with police to help with the investigation.

Trimet said this is the first homicide on a MAX train or bus since May 2017 when Jeremy Christian stabbed and killed two people and seriously injured another. There have been 56 homicides in Portland in 2021, which surpasses the 55 homicides in 2020. 

As of Monday afternoon, police had not released any information about the suspect or the victim in Sunday's deadly shooting.

If anyone has information about this incident, they're asked to contact Det. Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9773.

Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard was closed between 26th Avenue and 29th Avenue.

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