Suspect in gas station shooting faces more charges

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — The 20-year-old woman charged in a bizarre gas station shooting caught on camera has been arraigned on additional charges connected to a separate crime hours before the shooting, officials said.

Detroiter Shamicah Burton is accused of committing armed robbery around 6:10 p.m. March 19 on Fenkell Avenue. Two female victims were walking westbound when Burton allegedly pulled out of a nearby driveway in her vehicle and began following the women, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“It is further alleged that Burton approached the victims, got out of the vehicle armed with a handgun, threatened them and robbed them of their purses and other items,” officials said in a statement. “The defendant then fled the area in the vehicle.”

Burton is charged with two counts armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm, officials said. She was arraigned Friday in 34th District Court in Romulus.

The 36th District Court, where Burton normally would have been arraigned, is closed Friday, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The new charges come days after Burton was hit with two counts of assault with intent to murder, carrying with unlawful intent, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm in connection with the gas station shooting early March 20. She was arraigned Wednesday on those charges in 36th District Court, where she received a $500,000 bond cash/surety bond.

She is due back in court April 5 for a probable cause conference on the shooting case. Preliminary examination is set for April 12.

Police allege Burton was seen on remarkably clear surveillance video firing shots at 4:30 a.m. March 20 toward a passenger in a vehicle at a gas station on the 15500 block of Fenkell.

“It is alleged that Burton went to the passenger side of the car she was in and grabbed a handgun, fired shots, and struck a male victim multiple times” before fleeing in a car, the prosecutor’s office said in an email.

The security camera footage helped police catch her, officials said. The Mobil gas station where the shooting took place is part of Project Green Light, a city hall-led effort to increase security at city gas stations.

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Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.