Mobile Gas Station Shooting: Zaiquis Jamel Hughes Case Heads to Grand Jury

Mobile Gas Station Shooting: In Mobile, Alabama, a judge ruled that there’s enough evidence for a grand jury to consider charges against Zaiquis Jamel Hughes, accused of shooting at a gas station. The incident, which happened around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Circle K on North University Boulevard, saw Hughes allegedly firing at Jerome Trenier IV near a gas pump.

Trenier, sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, drove himself to Providence Hospital. Witnesses observed the incident, but during the preliminary hearing, no one came forward to confirm seeing Hughes shoot the victim.

Mobile County District Judge Spiro Cheriogotis allowed charges of first-degree assault and two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle to proceed to the grand jury. Hughes, an 18-year-old from Mobile, changed his story multiple times during police custody, according to Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Maggie Browning. Trenier, the victim, was uncooperative, potentially complicating the prosecution’s case.

Physical evidence tied Hughes to the scene, as three shell casings matched a 9mm Glock “Frankenstein” gun found in Hughes’ car. Two occupied vehicles, a 2024 Chevrolet Trax and a 2017 BMW, sustained gunshot damage. Hughes initially denied being at the gas station but changed his story after seeing surveillance images. The judge dismissed charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia due to lack of testimony.

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