Charges filed in gas station shooting

Eric-Pettis

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Charges were filed Tuesday against a man caught on surveillance video firing gun shots at a Mississippi man at a Warren gas station.

Eric Pettis, 30, was charged with felonious assault on Tuesday in Warren Municipal Court. Pettis turned himself into police later in the day. Bond was set at $25,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 27.

Investigators said Pettis was identified as a man caught in a surveillance video released to WKBN that showed him walk across the gas station and eventually firing to shots at Russell Surrena, 31, of Natchez, Miss.

“We had several phone calls,” said Det. Wayne Mackey. “We had a few people actually come into the station and pretty quickly we knew who we were looking for.”

Surrena reported that at about 3:30 a.m. July 21 at the Sunoco gas station on West Market Street and Tod Avenue 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.

Surrena was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

One bullet went through the area where the cashier normally stands. It then ricocheted into the ceiling.

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.

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