Feb 13, 2007, NE Portland
Lately, there's been a lot of crazy stuff going on up here in NE Portland. Almost every night, I see tons of cop cars and flashing blue lights, and one night nearly ended up in the middle of a street brawl.
While riding the southbound number 6 bus to Portland this evening, I went past an eerie sight. The Vancouver bound bus was laying idle across the road a bit north of Freemont, with darkened windows on the side of the road. It was still surrounded by police line tape, the flashing blue lights of cop cars, and several Trimet vehicles. According to the driver, there was a fight and a shooting on the bus sometime this evening between 6 and 7pm. By 7:30 there were only a few people still on the scene, but apparently no one was injured.
As a person who rides the bus several times a day, I wish I could say that I'm surprised this has happened, but I can't. I've seen a lot of unsafe/illegal/threatening things going on while riding the bus, and frankly people are afraid to speak up when they see this stuff happening. I'm getting real sick of thugs on the bus, and I know I can't be the only one. Trimet should really consider beefing up their security before people decide that riding the bus is too risky.