Salem police charge man in Walmart parking lot murder

Salem police charge man in Walmart parking lot murder
Mark Edward Brown

SALEM, Ore. -- Detectives from the Salem Police Department arrested a 41-year-old man Tuesday for the murder of a Salem man.

Mark Edward Brown was arrested at a Tigard hotel room early Tuesday morning for the murder of Bryan John Lee Knorr, who was shot in the Walmart parking lot in Southeast Salem early in the morning on Sept. 3.

Police said Knorr had been inside the store shopping Monday morning. When he left the store, he made it to the handicap parking spots in front of the store before he was confronted by a man. The two exchanged words briefly before the shooter opened fired, investigators said.

Knorr died later at Salem Hospital.

KATU News learned Knorr got a ride to the store with someone else.

Police interviewed a number of witnesses who were at the store, which is open 24 hours a day. They were also reviewing surveillance video from a number of cameras outside the store.

Authorities said evidence they have so far was that Knorr and Brown may have known each other, but police have yet to release any details or motives for the killing.

Salem Police detectives were assisted by the US Marshal's Service, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Tigard Police Department, Beaverton Police Department and Hillsboro Police Department.

Brown will be booked into the Marion County Jail.