A Detroit gas station employee accused of murdering a customer after the two got into an argument inside the store over an alleged theft. This customer was recently released from prison due to COVID-19.
“Whatever he does at that gas station, he does not deserve to die,” said Emily Rep, mother of the victim, Joshua Lewis. William Lewis said, “Now I have to bury my son.”
The fatal shooting occurred shortly after 10:30 PM at the 10,000th block of Gratiot Street. Now, community activists are calling for change, believing that African Americans are often criminalized by the companies they support.
“So this 18-year-old shot through the bulletproof glass of the AKA 47. This is a weapon of war,” said Tevery Brent, of Dignity for Detroit. “You’re telling me that you are at war? Because this brother may – allegedly – entered and victimized, what? Your device?”
The writer has been arrested and the Wayne County Attorney’s Office said it received the warrant of arrest package on Wednesday, which is under review for possible charges.
During a press conference, the Detroit Police Chief spoke about the murder.
“Obviously, in our investigation, we see that there is no imminent threat to that writer’s life. He was behind a shield. This person was involved in a property crime and the best course for this employee was to call the police,” James Craig said.
According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Lewis earlier this month escaped parole.
Repi said, “COVID, they couldn’t keep it. So, you’re going to keep letting it out. It wasn’t running; you’re going to kick it out.”
But the family and these activists assert that their focus is not on any prior criminal history. Instead, they want to know why the store clerk shot and killed their loved ones – and say the writer isn’t the only one who should be held accountable.
“If it turns out that this workplace did not even have a license, could this work be closed and life prevented? This is in Detroit,” said Zick, who works with the New Era Detroit activist group. .
City officials said the gas station is neither licensed nor has a certificate of compliance. The city is actively working with DPD to shut it down.
“This business cannot be opened again under these circumstances,” Zik said.