DETROIT (WWJ) – Authorities are searching for two suspects after a man was gunned down while pumping gas on Detroit’s east side.

The shooting happened just after 12 a.m. Thursday at the Marathon gas station along Gratiot Avenue at Eastburn Street, just south of 8 Mile Road.

Friday afternoon Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges against a third suspect, Joseph Lucus, 26, believed to be the driver, in connection with the murder of the 24-year-old man.

Two suspects named by police are pictured: 22-year-old Derrick Everson, 23-year-old Kyrell Alonzo.

Derrick Everson (left) and Kyrell Alonzo (police handout)

Derrick Everson (left) and Kyrell Alonzo (police handout)

Mo Algaham, who was working at the time, said the victim was trying to fill up his vehicle when he was ambushed by a group of men.

“There was a young man that was getting gas and he was at the pump and that’s when, I guess, five guys approached him and I guess he got to running across the street, and that’s when I heard the shooting,” Algaham told WWJ’s Charlie Langton.

Algaham said he heard about five shots total, and he called police. The victim, identified in reports as 22-year-old Javon Perry, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspects remain at large.

Investigators obtained surveillance video from the gas station, which shows the two suspects prior to the shooting. Police say the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Algaham said the entire incident caught him off guard.

“He was just getting gas and I’m thinking, I assume it was a carjacking but I don’t really know,” he said. “The cops are saying it might be personal, but that’s about it.”

An investigation is ongoing.

Lucas is expected to be arraigned on charges of first degree murder and felony firearm on  Saturday in Romulus District Court.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 313-569-2260. You can also submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and for the latest. 


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