A father fended off a gunman inside a Michigan gas station Sunday while holding a 7-month-old infant in his arms, surveillance footage shows.
The incident occurred at the Valero gas station around 5:50 p.m. on Detroit’s west side when a gunman entered the store and pulled out his firearm, footage shows. The 25-year-old father immediately hit the man’s arm to the side, where the gunman backed out of the store into the parking lot while holding the infant in his right arm.
The gunman’s gun appeared to be malfunctioned or jammed as he struggled to reload it, footage showed. He then exited the station.
Adam Albarmaki, the gas station attendant who witnessed the event, said the unidentified father ran inside the station’s building in hiding, 7 Action News reported. A 911 dispatcher told police that the man had been stabbed in the arm.
“He was trying to hide somewhere,” he told 7 Action News.
Detroit Police Commander Michael Chambers said there had been a dispute between the two individuals nearly a block away from the gas station, 7 Action News reported.
“It’s difficult to watch. I mean, it’s just no regard for human life or the life of a child,” Chambers said.
The Detroit Police Department found and identified a person of interest for aggravated assault Sunday.
“We have a person of interest in custody in connection to an aggravated assault that occurred Sunday at approximately 5:50 p.m. at a gas station in the area of Hubbell and Tireman,” authorities said. “Thank you to the community for submitting several tips. This investigation is ongoing.”