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Gas station clerk on murder suspect: "I had no idea he was the shooter until I saw the gun"

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Thomas Dorris (Courtesy: PPB) Thomas Dorris (Courtesy: PPB)
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A gas station clerk says he came between a murder suspect and his gun Sunday night, moments after two people were shot in northwest Portland.

The shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Sunday, near Northwest 4th and Davis.  A woman was shot in the leg, and a man died at the scene.

A clerk at the Chevron station on Southwest 4th & Burnside – just two blocks from the shooting – said the suspect ran in to the gas station in the moments after the shooting.

“He came rushing in, said there was a gun outside, lock the door, lock the doors,” the clerk, who asked to remain anonymous, told Fox 12.

He said the man appeared panicked and people were chasing him from across the street; the clerk thought at first he’d been attacked.

“I locked the main door, turned around, there was a handgun on my counter by the register… I had no idea he was the shooter until I saw the gun,” the clerk said. “Apparently when I had my back turned he tried to stash it in the freezer, but my freezer was locked so he just set it on the counter and walked away.”

The clerk said he got between the man and the gun and ordered him to stay away from the weapon. Police later identified the suspect as 48-year-old Thomas Dorris.

“I was afraid for my customers – and myself,” the clerk recalled. “There was three customers, they were all trying to get in the bathroom but it was locked, they were just kind of huddled down on the ground there, it was scary.”

The clerk said police were there quickly; he unlocked the front door and officers took the man into custody.

He said the man never reached for the gun on the counter, and didn’t say anything to him about what had just happened.

Portland Police confirmed Monday the gun detectives believe was used in the shooting has been recovered.

“It’s becoming a more common thing for us in that area – just shooting after shooting,” the clerk said.

Back in April, shots were fired at the same Chevron station and the Gang Enforcement Team was investigating that case.

“It’s a sad situation,” he added. “But it’s just getting dangerous.”

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