Surveillance video released in fatal gas station shooting on Detroit's west side

Police searching for shooter, 3 persons of interest

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DETROIT – Police are searching for the shooter and three persons of interest in a fatal Aug. 16 shooting at a gas station in Detroit.

As the victim was lying on the ground, no one appeared to be concerned. Surveillance cameras were rolling, and the Detroit Police Department released a portion of that video that shows the moment the victim was shot at a Marathon gas station on the west side on Eight Mile near Ward Street. 

See a surveillance video from the shooting that police released below.

Police said Matthew Jessie Chappel, 26, had an argument with a 25-year-old man in the parking lot of a gas station at 8 Mile Road and Ward Street at 1:15 a.m.

Police said Chappel fired shots at the man. 

The surveillance video shows a small crowd of people gathered in the parking lot as the men were arguing. After the victim was shot, there appeared to be no sense of urgency.  Some people got back into the SUV, while others simply walked away. 

"It’s sad when people can’t get along with one another, because they miss out on things and go in the wrong direction," a resident said.

The victim was hospitalized in critical condition and died recently, police said.

Chappel left the scene in a dark-colored Ford Explorer, police said.

Police are searching for Chappel, who is described only as black. Police are also looking for a 27-year-old black woman, a 27-year-old black man and a 28-year-old black woman.

"I don’t feel unsafe here," a resident said. "It's a good gas station. Sometimes people just it take it to a different place.

Anyone who recognizes anyone in the surveillance video is asked to call police.

Watch the footage from the shooting below.

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Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism