DETROIT, MI – On October 12th, 2020, at 10:45 p.m. ,it is alleged that gas station clerk Mohammed Hizam,18-years-old, of Hamtramck, fatally shot Joshua Lewis, 30-years-old, inside a gas station convenience store located in the 10070 block of Gratiot in the City of Detroit.
It is alleged that the clerk watched Joshua Lewis breaking the glass of a Coin Pusher game of chance machine with a hammer. Hizam observed Lewis from the enclosed glass portion of the store breaking into the machine.
It is alleged that Mohammed Hizam remained in the enclosed portion of the store, picked up a rifle, and fired one shot fatally striking Joshua Lewis.
Hizam called 911, Detroit police arrived at the scene, investigated, and placed him under arrest. Joshua Lewis was pronounced deceased from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The Detroit Police Department submitted a warrant request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on October 14, 2020 at approximately 12:30 p.m. The case has been assigned to the Prosecutor’s Violent Crime Reduction Initiative. It was returned on Friday, October 16, 2020 for further investigation because several items were needed to complete the review. The items needed for a charging decision have been submitted by DPD and the review process is now complete.
“We cannot and will not rush to judgment on potential homicide cases. We will review them carefully and thoughtfully. I want to thank the detectives who worked around the clock with my staff on this case. These dedicated officers kept their heads down, filtered out the outside noise, and got the needed work done. At the appropriate time, we will present the facts to a judge and jury and let justice prevail,” said Prosecutor Worthy.
Mohammed Hizam has been charged with Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter, and two counts of Felony Firearm. He is currently in custody at the Detroit Detention Center.
The defendant was arraigned this afternoon in 36th District Court and received a $500,000 cash/surety bond. His Probable Cause Hearing is scheduled for November 4, 2020 and his Preliminary Examination is on November 10,2020 before Judge Kenneth King.