Man shot in face at Inkster gas station

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Inkster — Police are hoping that citizen information teamed with security camera video will help them track down a suspect who seriously wounded a man in a shooting at a gas station Monday evening.

The incident, which occurred at about 8:35 p.m. at a Marathon station at Inkster Road and Avondale Street, left the victim in serious condition and fighting for his life.

Interim Inkster Police Chief Joseph E. Thomas Jr. described the shooting as some kind of a robbery.

“It appears that the victim was preparing to pump gas when a dark SUV pulled up with two males inside,” Thomas said. “They went over and talked to the victim in what appears on the video to be a casual conversation. Then one produced a handgun and shot the victim in the face.”

According to Thomas, two people riding with the victim stayed inside the vehicle during the incident.

“We’re pretty sure it was some kind of robbery because drug deals don’t usually go down at gas stations,” Thomas said. “There’s a lot of sales through social media where people agree to meet somewhere where they can sell you something; we caution people about that kind of an arrangement.”

According to Thomas, police have received good information from citizens about the shooting plus a good video recording of the shooter.

“I love to see citizen participation like this,” Thomas said. “Inkster is becoming a community that is developing a low tolerance for violence and crime. Once you have police and citizens working together, then it’s just a matter of time until we find this individual.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the MSP at (855) 642-4847.

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