Man killed in attempted carjacking at gas station

A man was murdered trying to escape a carjacking early Monday morning on Detroit's east side.

At the time of the incident, the 31-year-old was inside his car at a gas station at Gratiot and Dubois at 2:30 a.m. Monday.

That's when investigators say several suspects in a vehicle pulled up to the man and attempt to carjack him. The victim tried to escape but died after being hit by multiple shots a few blocks away.

The suspects were wearing facemasks and hoodies, police say. The trio was last seen in a light blue Ford Freestyle minivan, stolen during a different carjacking. 

Shortly before this incident, police say the three suspects committed another carjacking at Grand River and Heritage just before 2 a.m. then another carjacking at 2:30 at St. Joseph and Mitchell. No injuries were reported in the other two incidents.

"It's just messed up to know that in a neighborhood you've been living in for years, people are running around trying to jack and kill for no good reason," said resident Darryl Spanish.

"They've got to be caught, people don't deserve to die over their car," said Andrew, a concerned resident who declined to share his last name.

Andrew says he comes to this gas station at least once a day and is upset over the violence that puts a damper on Detroit's efforts to be revitalized

"This just saddens me because Detroit is on the rebound and I live close by here," he said.

Just last week, Detroit Police Chief James Craig conducted "Operation Safe Pump"  an effort to crack down on illegal activity that plagues gas stations in the city and allows crime to fester.

At this inspection, police walked in on a drug transaction, but citizens say it takes more than police to crackdown on crime.

"It should be on everyone as far as I'm concerned, even community."

Police want anyone with information to call them (313) 596-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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