NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE
DALLAS — When Lathan Miller walked into a Dallas gas station Friday afternoon, he never expected to be the victim of a shooting.
He was paying the store's clerk for drinks and gas when — all of a sudden — bullets started flying at the station located on Haskell Avenue.
'It's a miracle," the 22-year-old said. "I thought I wasn't even going to survive it."
Investigators say the shooter opened fire on the gas station with an assault rifle after having an argument with the clerk. Miller said he saw both men arguing, but didn't think anything of it.
He saw the suspect get in his car, and then — minutes later — he heard the gunshots.
"He wanted the clerk," Miller said. "He really wanted the clerk. The clerk ended up ducking faster and [the bullet] ended up hitting me."
Miller was hit by three bullets, causing wounds to his neck and shoulder.
On Sunday, he was released from Baylor University Medical Center.
"The bullet hit a banana and then I just froze. 'I can't move anymore. The bullet's already got me.' When I tried to talk, the adam's apple, the bullet was stuck right here [pointing to his throat] and I couldn't," he said.
Investigators are still looking for the shooter. As for Miller, he's focusing on the positive and is expected to make a full recovery.
"I'm angry, but I am just happy to be alive," Miller said. "I shouldn't just keep a grudge, just keep moving forward."