Detroit pastor shot and killed at bank drive-thru

DETROIT - Detroit police are searching for the man who shot and killed a Charter One Bank customer Friday as he pulled up to the bank's drive-up window.

The victim, 62-year-old James Blade, had just pulled up to the window when the suspect walked up to the passenger side of his pink BMW.

Witnesses say the suspect fired five or six shots into the car.
The shooter then walked around to the driver's side of the vehicle, pulled the victim out of the car, pistol whipped him and searched through his pockets.

Police say the shooter then took off on foot.

Pastor Blade's sister, Evelyn Cross, says her brother counseled the homeless and drug-addicted and would have helped anyone. She's pleading for help in finding the person responsible.

"If you know who did this, come forward," Cross says.

Detroit police detectives think the man who killed Pastor Blade is connected to a robbery that took place a few miles away at Gratiot and Lappin.

A retired Wayne County sheriff's deputy was walking away from an ATM when a man approached her, fired shots and stole her purse with her gun in it. About an hour later is when Pastor Blade was fatally shot and robbed.

The attack on the pastor happened at roughly 9:45 a.m. on East Warren Avenue near Outer Drive on the city's east side.