Police investigate gunfire, crash into bus stop in NE Portland

A driver crashed into this TriMet bus shelter near Northeast 15th Avenue and Prescott Street Monday morning, March 11, 2019. Police found the car but not the driver. (KATU Photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Officers responded to reports of gunfire in Northeast Portland early Monday morning to find an abandoned vehicle that someone had crashed into a TriMet bus shelter, destroying the stop.

The incident started at about 2 a.m. when Portland Police received a "shots fired" call from the neighborhood near Northeast 15th Avenue and Prescott Street.

"It was about 2 a.m. ... heard six or seven gunshots," said neighbor Ryan Rebo, who looked out his window. "The car just drove really fast around the corner, and then I think I heard another car -- they might not have been related -- drive really fast."

Officers arrived on-scene to find that the driver of a midsize SUV crashed into the bus stop, but the driver and anyone else who may have been in that car had already took off.

They also found a line of shell casings along Northeast Prescott leading to the intersection. It appears that the driver was trying to take the corner.

Investigators are trying to piece together several things -- like who fired those shots, where they came from, and who was involved in the subsequent crash.

Police had the SUV towed from the scene, and there was a lot of glass left behind on the sidewalk.

"It makes me a little nervous. There was another incident here with some gunfire not too long ago, a couple weeks ago. So yeah, that's a little nerve-wracking," said neighbor Sean Thomson.

Rebo says a drunken driver recently wiped out his cherry tree.

"It seems like this winter people in Portland are going a little crazy. There's been a lot of crazy stuff happening in the neighborhood, but yeah, it's a little spooky because I have kids," Rebo said.

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