Man slain in gas station shooting on city’s west side

Charles E. Ramirez, and Christine Ferretti

Detroit police are investigating an early-morning shooting at a gas station on the city’s west side that left one man dead.

Police have not yet released the identity of the victim and only said he is a black male in his late 20s.

Officers arrived at the Phillips 76 gas station, located in the 19800 block of Grand River near Evergreen, at about 3:20 a.m. Monday.

They found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds inside a red 2016 Hyundai Sonata. Police summoned emergency medical technicians who pronounced the man dead, officials said.

Police are searching for two suspects in the shooting. One is a male who is described as 18 to 25 years old, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet in height with a medium build, a dark complexion and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray jogging pants. The other is a male who is about the same height and age, but he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

In response the latest round of violence at gas stations in the city, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Monday plans are in the works to broaden use of crime-fighting tools.

“We’re going to have more announcements with the chief (James Craig) on moving forward, particularly in a dramatic expansion of Project Green Light,” Duggan told reporters during an unrelated news conference in southwest Detroit. “We’ll talk about that together when the chief is with me.”

Launched in January, Detroit’s Project Green Light is a partnership in which gas stations equip their facilities with indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, visible lights and signage and link with the police department’s Real Time Crime Center. The city has since expanded the effort to include some McDonald’s restaurants.