Suspect charged in Warren gas station shooting

WARREN – A man accused of firing shots at another man last month at a city gas station is facing felonious assault charges.

Eric Pettis, 30, of Warren was freed from the Trumbull County Jail after posting $25,000 bond following his arraignment on Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Warren Municipal Court on Aug. 27.

He was charged in Warren Municipal Court with felonious assault.

Warren police said he was caught on surveillance video on July 21 firing a handgun at Russell Surrena, 31, of Natchez, Miss., at the Sunoco gas station on West Market Street and Tod Avenue.

Police released the surveillance video last week and appealed to the public for help in identifying the shooter. Police said Pettis turned himself in on Tuesday.

”We had several phone calls,” Detective Wayne Mackey told WYTV 33 News. “We had a few people actually come in to the station and pretty quickly we knew who we were looking for.”

Surrena told police that three men he did not know struck and stomped him around 3:30 a.m. at the gas station, according to a Warren police report.

Surrena told police that one man pulled a gun and fired at him at least twice, once outside the gas station and once inside, but the shots missed.

He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for injuries he suffered in the assault, the report states.

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, according to court records.

Surrena, according to Adam’s County, Mississippi Circuit Court records obtained by 33 News, 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.