April shooting haunts victim: ‘The person is out there’


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities are offering a reward in an effort to track down a shooter who opened fire on a car and its sleeping occupants in Southeast Portland.

The shooting happened on the night of April 23 in the area of Southeast 146th Avenue and Stark Street.

A young woman named Brianna was sleeping in her boyfriend’s car when the couple woke up to the sound of gunfire.

Fourteen rounds were fired at the car; four of them struck Brianna.

Brianna was taken to a hospital via ambulance.

“It broke my pelvic bone and the bullet is still in there, through my chest and out below my armpit, through my arm and then I was hit on my upper shoulder — just a graze,” Brianna told KOIN 6 News.

Scars on her legs show where another bullet grazed her. She said one bullet came within inches of her heart.

“It was so random and unexpected that I’m like, wow, that could’ve been it for me,” Briana said.

Surveillance cameras in the area showed the shooter get out of a dark-colored 2-door sedan parked in front of the couple, Briana said. The driver stayed in the car while the passenger fired directly where Briana was sleeping.

Briana survived the shooting but is still haunted by the traumatic experience.

“Everything has changed. I can’t work; I can’t go anywhere without looking over my shoulder and wondering — the person is out there,” she said.

The young woman doesn’t know why someone would target her or her boyfriend but she hopes that if the suspects are caught, they’ll have the chance to turn their lives around.

“I came from homelessness, on drugs,” Briana said. “Got my life together and you don’t have to hurt people, you don’t have to be in that lifestyle and hurt innocent people.”

The Portland Police Bureau is working Crime Stoppers of Oregon to try and find the suspects. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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