Shocking surveillance video shows the moment a Michigan man pulled a weapon on a father holding his sleeping baby at gas station in one the most crime-ridden cities in America.
The father quickly reacts, waving his arms in front of the gunman in an attempt to grab the weapon.
The suspect then steps out of the Detroit-area store and is seen fiddling with the firearm in the parking lot. Investigators believe the gun may have jammed when the father attempted to grab it.
The wild video is now part of an aggravated assault investigation and police have taken a person of interest into custody.
Investigators believe the suspect targeted the father after an argument ensued between the pair.
Shocking surveillance video shows the moment a gun-yielding suspect pulled a weapon on a man holding a baby in a Michigan gas station
The unidentified suspect walked into the gas station store at the corner of Hubbell and Tireman Avenues in broad daylight on Sunday around 5.50pm
The unidentified suspect walked into the gas station store at the corner of Hubbell and Tireman Avenues in broad daylight on Sunday around 5.50pm.
Video taken from outside the store shows the suspect, with both hands visible, walking through the parking lot before entering the shop.
Unsuspiciously, he walks passed a customer who had just finished pumping gas and heads toward to store.
The suspect pulled out his gun as he opened the shop door and pointed it at the father. Police believe he followed the father into the store following an argument.
The father, carrying his sleeping seven-month-old baby, was standing about three feet away from the suspect when he pulled out his weapon.
It is unclear exactly when the alleged argument broke out or what the pair were fighting about.
Detroit police released video of the incident early Monday morning and asked the public for help identifying the suspect.
As of early Monday evening, police confirmed to WXYZ that a person of interest has been taken into custody. Officials did not reveal any further information about the detainee.
Video taken from outside the store shows the suspect, with both hands visible, walking through the parking lot before entering the shop
The suspect pulled out his gun as he opened the shop door and pointed it at the father
The father quickly reacts, waving his arms in front of the gunman in an attempt to grab the weapon
Police believe the gun jammed after the father attempted to grab it from the suspect
The incident comes just weeks after Detroit leaders launched an initiative to tackle gun violence in the crime-ridden city.
Federal and local law enforcement officials are focusing their crackdown efforts on Detroit communities with the highest numbers of fatal and non-fatal shootings, robberies and aggravated assaults with guns.
During the summertime crackdown, which lasts through labor day, felons arrested and charged with gun crimes in any of the targeted communities will be prosecuted in federal court.
Felons convicted of illegally possessing firearms would face stiffer penalties, up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, by being tried in federal court instead of state court.
Federal prosecutors said they will also consider filing charges against individuals accused of using guns to commit violent or drug crimes in the targeted areas.
‘This strategy is designed to significantly reduce violence by narrowly focusing on those who are committing it and to give these neighborhoods back to the majority of the residents who want to live in peace,’ U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison told The Detroit News earlier this month.
‘We are going for the most violent people, the most violent groups and the most violent places.’
Last year the FBI revealed Detroit is among one of the most violent cities in America amid a rise in assaults, shootings and homicides.
Two years ago the city reported a rate of 2,248.4 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.
The city also saw a 10.25 percent rise in violent crimes from 2019 to 2020.