Portland records most homicides in more than 25 years


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP/KOIN) — Authorities say a man was fatally shot following a “disturbance” that started on a TriMet bus in Portland, Oregon.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Sunday’s shooting marks the 56th homicide in Portland this year, which makes 2021 the city’s deadliest year since 1994, when 55 people were killed.

Officers responded to the area in southeast Portland just before 5:30 p.m. and found a man who had been shot.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he died from his wounds, police said. No arrests have been made.

KOIN 6 News asked if the shooting happened on the bus or outside of it, but police were not able to say. In May, a TriMet bus driver was shot.

On Monday, TriMet officials sent KOIN 6 News a statement that said in part, “With the investigation still in its early stages, it’s too soon to know whether we will be making changes to policies or procedures.”

Fred Casey, vice president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, told KOIN 6 News he would agree that it is more dangerous now to be a bus driver in Portland than it used to be.

“We’d like to see more supervisors out there, fast reaction times, definitely more training on how to deal with people with mental illnesses or situations that spiral out of control,” he said.

Neighbors told KOIN they’re worried about the increase in crime in the area after this most recent shooting.

“Even with brick walls and stuff, there’s windows and could be stray bullets,” Mark Folks said. “It is very concerning to the point where my partner and I are thinking about getting out of the inner city, which is a bummer.”

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