Victim pulls his gun, shoots gas station carjacker

- A victim fights back on Detroit's east side when a man jumped in his car and tried to drive off.

He grabbed his gun and started shooting causing the thief to crash right into a gas pump. The would-be carjacker didn't get the car, but he did get away.

"We believe that based on the evidence at the scene the suspect may have been wounded by the shooting of the victim," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Security video at Charlie's BP gas station on Harper and Outer Drive tells the story. A man driving a green Buick was getting air in his tires when a suspect in light clothing approached gets in his car in an attempted carjacking. A struggle ensued.

The suspect drives off, but he hits the gas pump, when the victim pulls out his gun and shoots eight times at the alleged carjacker, who gets out of the car and flees. The incident happened just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The suspect was shot, but still on the run.

"It's a shock to us, we work very hard to keep this location nice and safe for our customers," said owner Abrahim Bazzi.

It appears to be another case where the victim takes matters into his own hands, and while it may have worked out in this case, it does not always work out that way.

"The message to those who want to prey on people in the city of Detroit, beware," Craig said.

But this is no ordinary gas station.   Its part of a project with Detroit police called Lighthouse, where it provides shelter, food and safety for people in need. 

"Thank God it happened here," said Nasser Beydoun of the Lighthouse Project. "Now the police have the video tape, they know exactly what happened and thank God nobody got killed."

Detroit police is looking for an African-American male in his 30s or 40s, bald, with a mustache, wearing a light color sweater and blue jeans.

If anyone has information, call Detroit police at (313) 596-5300.

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