The suspects fled with an unknown amount of cash and Winans’ SUV, police said.
Winans told ABC’s Detroit affiliate that four or five young men followed him from inside the gas station and attacked him while he filled up his vehicle with gas.
Winans said he didn’t believe he was seriously hurt, but planned to seek medical attention.
He said his attackers appeared to be among 10 young men he passed by inside the station, and he warily watched them as he pumped gas.
“I’m just saddened that it has come to this,” Winans said. “This kind of nonsense just has to stop. It’s just the savageness of what’s happening in the street.”
He also believes his attackers didn’t recognize him. Winans is pastor of the 4,500-member Perfecting Church on Detroit’s east side. In February, Winans gave singer Whitney Houston’s eulogy.
“And if they did, it didn’t make much difference,” said Winans, who has been active in civic issues, including taking a stand against the proliferation of strip clubs in Detroit’s neighborhoods.