Surveillance photo of suspect (Detroit Police Department)
Detroit—The epidemic of violence plaguing the city’s gas stations continued over the weekend when one man was killed and his female passenger wounded.
A 47-year-old man and a 21-year-old female were sitting in their vehicle at a BP station at Eight Mile and Dequindre about 6:25 p.m. Saturday when a gunman approached the car and fired five to six shots, Detroit Police Officer Adam Madera said.
The man died from his injuries and the woman was struck in the leg. The suspect fled the scene on foot, but police believe he arrived at the station in a white Buick Rendezvous with accident damage to the front passenger side, Madera said.
Police are searching for the suspect, the Buick and an orange Chevy Avalanche that is believed to be connected to the case.
Anyone with information on the incident, the suspect or the vehicles is asked to call Sgt. Todd Eby of the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-5628 or call Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP.
Police have investigated nearly 700 violent crimes at Detroit gas stations during the past year, prompting city officials and citizen patrol groups to try to quell the steady beat of murders, carjackings, shootings and armed robberies.
City officials have recently put a new focus on making gas stations safer by enacting a ordinance requiring owners to install security cameras by Aug. 31.
Community patrol groups have volunteered to stand guard at gas stations. Bodyguards Detroit, which provides guards for a fee, also has volunteered to patrol gas stations.
Motorist Steve Utash was severely beaten by a mob outside an east side gas station in April after he stopped to aid a child he accidentally struck with his pickup.
Police and crime victims recommend avoiding stations that appear rundown and where groups are loitering outside. They recommend choosing well-lighted businesses, preferably near busy intersections.