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Holly Fournier, and Robert Snell

Detroit — Federal officials and police are looking for two men suspected in a string of carjackings at gas stations on the city’s west side.

Andriel McGowan and Terry Lynn Macklemore are wanted for carjackings in the areas of Greenfield and McNichols and Greenfield and Schoolcraft, Detroit police said.

McGowan has been charged in at least one of the incidents, which took place around 3:20 a.m. Sept. 25 outside a Valero gas station on the 15400 block of Greenfield near Schoolcraft, according to an arrest warrant request filed Sept. 30 and later sealed in federal court.

McGowan and Macklemore allegedly carjacked and shot a 27-year-old man who left his silver 2002 Ford Escape running at a pump while he went inside to purchase juice, police said last month.

The victim identified McGowan as the shooter off a photo array presented by Detroit police and witnessed by FBI agents, officials said in the court filing.

McGowan is charged with carjacking and discharging a firearm during a crime. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in federal prison.

McGowan’s image was added to the photo array after he was identified by tipsters who viewed surveillance footage of the carjacking released to the media.

McGowan and Macklemore were first spotted that morning outside the gas station by an employee prior to the carjacking, store manager Majid Khan said last month. The employee did not allow the men to enter because they were unfamiliar, wore hoodies and she could not see their faces.

The store is locked overnight, with customers admitted at the employee's discretion, Khan said.

Shortly after the two suspects were denied entry, the victim pulled into parking lot, according to the court filing. One of the suspects asked him for money, but he declined and continued into the station.

In surveillance footage from the store, the victim can be seen entering while talking on his cellphone. About 20 seconds later, the suspects jumped into the vehicle and the victim ran back outside. The victim opened the driver’s side door but immediately fell backward when one of the suspects opened fire.

Tipsters identified McGowan from the footage and investigators matched his description to one provided by the victim, officials said. The victim later identified McGowan as the man who shot him multiple times with a handgun before driving away in his vehicle.

The vehicle later was recovered abandoned about a mile from the crime scene at a business on the 14800 block of Schaefer Highway, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detroit police at (313) 596-2555 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.


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