Detectives released new information Thursday in the shooting of a Portland opera singer on Interstate 205.
Brian Tierney, 29, left choir practice in northeast Portland and was on his way home back on March 28 when he was shot numerous times by an unknown suspect.
At the time of the shooting, Tierney was heading south on I-205 in his blue 2007 Chevy Cobalt.
Detectives said the shooter was in a black Cadillac Escalade SUV with large chrome rims, low profile tires and tinted windows.
Police want to hear from anyone who may have information about the shooter or who may have seen a similar SUV driving erratically on I-205 southbound on the night of March 28.
"Whoever did this, obviously, has problems. I really hope that somebody out there saw something during this and could come forward," Tierney said at a press conference Thursday afternoon, the first time he's spoken publicly about the shooting. "We can always use more to really solidify this case and hopefully get this person off the road because if it happens to me, it could happen to anybody."
Because the investigation is still open, he did not say if he remembered the moments leading up to the shooting. He did recall the moment he realized he'd been shot.
"When I woke up (in) the hospital and they told me, that's kind of when I knew the extent of everything that happened," he said.
He didn't want to go into details about his injuries, saying only he was shot multiple times.
Tierney's right arm is in a sling and there is a large scar on the side of his face.
He expects to make a full recovery and hopes to soon be able to pick up his 2-year-old daughter.
Tierney, who sings with the Portland Opera, said doctors took care to make sure his vocal cords weren't damaged.
He now treasures moments at home with his wife and daughter.
"I wake up and I'm really just happy to be home. I don't take things for granted anymore, as much as I used to. Even just the little amount of time that I have with my wife, like five minutes in the morning, watching my daughter smile and laugh," he said. "Those kind of things that I just took for granted as everyday life, mean so much more to me now."
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. To submit a tip, visit www.crimestoppersoforegon.com or call 503-823-4357.
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