Poker parlor patron shot, at Division Street Dotty’s

It’s unclear why the woman tried to follow an armed robber from the Powellhurst-Gilbert establishment, but it almost cost her life …

Police officers, detectives, and criminalists come to Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood Dotty’s lotto deli after a patron is shot after a holdup.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
An afternoon of gaming was cut short in Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, when an armed robber strode into the Dotty’s, at 11926 SE Division Street, at 3:00 p.m. on August 7.

Following the call, 14 Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers and Robbery Division detectives swarmed the area of the Division Center Plaza.

East Precinct District Officers interview a witness, after the daylight deli holdup.

“Robbery detectives learned that the suspect entered Dotty’s and demanded money from the business,” recounted PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, he began to leave – followed by the shooting victim, who was a patron.

“The suspect shot the patron, then ran out of the area,” Simpson added.

Robbery Detectives say they’re unclear why a patron followed the gunman.

Officers and medical personnel located a 58-year-old female victim, suffering from a single gunshot wound. She was been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment for what appears to be a non-life-threatening injury.

“It looked like the guy had a charcoal colored gun,” said witness Diamante Williams. “He was well groomed, and didn’t look like some of the homeless types around here.”

Simpson said the official description of the alleged daylight stick-up man was an African American male in his 20s, 5’6″ tall, thin build, wearing dark clothes, and carrying a handgun.

Many officers fanned out throughout the neighborhood west of the store where the robbery and shooting took place.

“The suspect was last seen running westbound on Division Street,” Simpson said. “Officers have checked the neighborhood but have not located the suspect.”
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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