Warren police are asking for help in identifying three men involved in a gas station attack where shots were fired last month.
Reports say three men fired shots at each other at about 3:30 a.m. July 21 at the Sunoco gas station on West Market Street at Tod Avenue.
Russell Surrena, 31, of Natchez, Miss., reported the three men struck and stomped him after he approached them asking for a ride.
He told police one man pulled out a gun and fired at him at least twice, once outside the gas station and once inside, but the shots missed.
“There were words exchanged which we are not sure what that was, but eventually these men, these three black males get out of the car and they assault this gentleman,” said Warren Det. Wayne Mackey.
Surrena was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
The shooting scared the gas station employee working that night. The bullet went through the area where the cashier normally stands.
It then ricocheted into the ceiling.
“But nonetheless, I have 10,000 gallons of gas underneath the ground,” said gas station manager Jill Sweet. “If they were to hit the pumps, or anything in the store for that matter, it could have caused an explosion, a fire or it could have killed somebody. So it’s very scary.”
Mackey said it was lucky no one was hit by the gunfire.
“They didn’t seem to care where those bullets went,” Mackey said. “Business was open, customers were inside and it was a very dangerous situation. We are just lucky nobody was hit.”
Surrena was on probation for crimes committed in Mississippi, records say.
Surrena, according to Adam’s County, Mississippi Circuit Court records obtained by WKBN.COM, served nine years in prison and one year in a drug treatment program from 2000 to 2010 after he was convicted for burglary of a dwelling.
Records say Surrena, then 18, and a 15-year-old relative, broke into a home and stole 12 guns, including several pistols, shotguns and a rifle.
In 2011, Surrena was convicted of credit card fraud and was sentenced to three years probation. He and three relatives were accused of fraudulently charging more than $100 from the card with three relatives.