Store Clerk Chases and Kills Dorian Harris But Did Not Call Police

Hat tip to Black Lives Matter Memphis.

Dorian Harris

On March 29, 2018, 17-year old Dorian Harris walked into the Top Stop Shop in Memphis, Tennessee, snatched a bottled drink, and ran out of the store.  Some news sources say that he stole a beer while others say it was a wine cooler.

The store clerk, 28-year old Anwar Ghazali, left the store with a gun in his hand. He chased Dorian and fired about three times.  Ghazali returned to the store and told a customer that he thought he shot Ghazali.  He did not call the police to report the theft, neither the shooting.

Another customer went through the neighborhood looking for the kid, thinking that if he had been shot, he might need help.  She did not see him and thinking he escaped, neither did she call the police.

It was Good Friday, and Dorian was expected to spend the night a cousin’s house.

Two days later, Dorian’s body was discovered about a block from the store.  He died from a gunshot to the left thigh.

Upon discovering his body, witnesses to the shooting contacted police who questioned Ghazali.  Ghazali waived his Miranda rights and told the police that he left the store, chased Dorian, and fired at least three shots.  Outside surveillance video captured Dorian entering and leaving the store, as well as Ghazali leaving the store, chasing behind Dorian and then returning to the store.

Ghazali is charged with first degree murder.  His bond is set at $1 million.

Anwar Ghazali

At a preliminary hearing, Ghazali’s defense attorney Blake Ballin, tried to get the court to reduce the charges.  He has said that the video does not show Ghazali firing the gun and there might be things that the video doesn’t show that gives reason to believe that Ghazali might have exercised self-defense.

Shelby County General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan held the charge of first-degree murder.  She did so because Ghazali left the store and chased Dorian, and because a witness testified that Ghazali said that he thought he had shot Dorian.

Prosecutors said there was no need for Ghazali to defend himself with deadly force, because Dorian never threatened, but just ran from the store.  Ghazali left the store and looked for Dorian, and fired multiple times.  They argued that those actions together show that the killing was premediated.

Judge Lambert Ryan bound Ghazali’s case over to a grand jury for possible indictment

Anwar Ghazali’s defense lawyer says that Ghazali was born in Yemen and is now a U.S. citizen.

This case reminds me of the case of Michael Dunn in Florida, who shot into a vehicle, killing 17-year old Jordan Davis.  Dunn continued firing at the vehicle as it was driving away.  He left the scene and did not call the police.  When he was later identified and taken into custody, Dunn claimed self-defense.  In his first trial, Dunn was convicted on 3 counts of attempted murder but the jury hung on the charge of first-degree murder.  The jury in Dunn’s second trial in October 2014, convicted him of first-degree murder.  The prosecutors stated that the fact that Dunn fired as the vehicle was pulling off, that he left the scene and did not call the police were elements for a conviction of first degree murder.

In November 2016, Dunn lost an appeal and is currently serving a sentence of life without parole.

Posted on 05/11/2018, in Cases, Dorian Harris and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I hope that Anwar guy gets the book thrown at him. Sure, no one should steal anything, but that shouldn’t be some kind of makeshift “death sentence” on the clerk’s part.

    • Osprey,
      EXACTLY!

      • Thanks! I know it’s still early given all the legal red tape going on in this case, but that was extremely egregious on that store clerk’s part. There better be justice.

        • Osprey,
          There are already defenses being raised in this case, just like the Jeffery Zeigler case. For some strange reason, there are people who think that a weapon intended to take human life, can be used to scare Black teens AFTER the incident was over. That belief has to be rooted in an ideology of dehumanizing Blacks.

          • Gotcha. I really like how you’re able to connect various cases together. You’ve certainly done your homework. I’ve certainly noticed that mindset with the whole guns as intimidation issue when it comes to the Black community. You’re right about that, and I’ll also add to your comment by the abuse and double standards of the 2nd Amendment. That ideology of dehumanizing Blacks let alone any ethnic minority group is coalescent with guns and who owns them. Cases in point: The reaction to Nat Turner’s Rebellion and when the Black Panthers did their protest in California which led to gun control laws against minorities that was bankrolled by the NRA and signed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan. If only people can be treated equally despite the melanin on people’s skin.

            • Osprey,
              I don’t know why, but Word Press put your comment in the spam folder. I just discovered it today, as I usually do admin maintenance on weekends. So, it’s now out of spam and approved. 🙂

              Yes, the treatment of people equally, by the same set of rules regardless of their skin color, gender, or sexual preference, is a constitutional right.

            • Oh no. I can’t believe it ended up in spam. At least it’s back up.

              Yes, and I wish people would utilize that kind of equality all around.

  2. yea…let’s just let everyone open carry..this is the crap that will happen on every street corner soon. I am so SICK of gun rights advocates.

    • Suze,
      It really is something. Along with being sick of gun rights advocates, I’m sick of hypocritical people who think the death penalty is appropriate for misdemeanor crimes while arguing the “rule of law” out of the other side of their mouths.

  3. Over a bottle of anything, it was wrong to chase him out of the store with a gun. This was murder. That was so inhumane. My gawd what message are we sending when a bottle of drink has more value than a human life.

    • Mindyme,
      It upsets me that Anwar thought he could shoot at a human being and not call the police. Maybe he didn’t call because he knew that once he left the store, he had no right to follow and shoot.

  4. The penalty for petty theft is not death. Not in America. Not yet.

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