Police investigate gunfire, crash into bus stop in NE Portland
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.