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Cold case: North Portland shooting victim spoke with police before dying

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Sharveil Moorer was only supposed to be gone for a few minutes.

The quick trip to buy cigarettes turned deadly, though, when he was shot on the way home.

Moorer was shot and killed on September 28, 2000. The person who killed Moorer has still never been identified.

Investigators in the Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case Unit reviewed evidence and leads with Fox 12.

The night he was killed, Moorer was watching TV with a friend at his parent’s house on North Vancouver Avenue.

He walked to the Going Street Market, just around the corner, and purchased cigarettes.

He was shot while walking home.

“His friend watching television heard a knock at the door, went to the door and opened it,” said Dick Pashley, a retired FBI agent who volunteers in the Cold Case Homicide Unit. “He found Sharveil on his knees, in front of the door, on the porch screaming that he had been shot and had run home.”

Detectives found a single shell casing from a semi-automatic weapon near the intersection of North Vancouver and North Going, just a few feet from the Moorer home.

Witnesses described Moorer, who worked at his father’s scrap metal business, as a former gang member, Pashley said.

He said one theory is Moorer’s murder was retaliation for the shooting of two rival gang members earlier the same day.

Another lead may have come from Moorer before he died.

“The officer who arrived on scene found him conscious and able to speak and answer questions,” Pashley said. “Then he was unable to speak.”

Investigators won’t say what Moorer told the officer, but it wasn’t enough information to make an arrest at the time.

They need more information from witnesses in order to do so.

Those people may have been scared to come forward in 2000, but it’s time to bring Moorer’s killer to justice, Pashley said.

“There people who know a lot of information that has never been shared with police by witnesses. And police are eager to hear from those people, 16 years later. It just seems like the right thing to do.”

\If you have any information about this crime, contact the Cold Case Homicide Unit at 503-823-0400.

You can call leave a tip on the Portland police website

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