2 in custody after shooting at a Detroit gas station

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Two people are in custody after a non-fatal shooting early Sunday outside a west side gas station.

The arrests were made late Sunday after police released video surveillance footage showing the attack that occurred around 4:20 a.m. Sunday on the 15510 block of Fenkell. Officials initially appealed to the public for help finding the female shooter.

“I don’t have all the details on (the arrests), but I know she is in custody as well as another individual,” Officer Dan Donakowski said early Monday. “More details will be come out a little bit later.”

No further details were available on the suspects, except that the second individual is a man.

A third individual was arrested with the female suspect, but on unrelated warrants, Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

“There are only two people arrested in conjunction with the shooting,” Moreno said. “The third person was arrested for something unrelated: for outstanding warrants.”

Moreno declined to detail the warrants.

She said it is unclear if the man was present at the gas station early Sunday, but emphasized that he is not a suspect in the shooting.

“The third person was not connected to the shooting,” she said.

The arrests came less than 24 hours after a bizarre series of events unfolded at the gas station, including shots fired into a vehicle, a struggle over the gun, and a young man, who was slowly run over by an escaping Pontiac Grand Prix.

Police said a blue Dodge Charger occupied by two females and two males was at the Mobil gas station, a Project Green Light facility, when an older-model green Grand Prix pulled into the lot. A heated argument then ensued between people in both vehicles, police said.

Project Green Light is a partnership with police in which gas stations use indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, lights and signs, and link with the Police Department's Real Time Crime Center.

In video released by police Sunday, the female suspect grabbed a semi-automatic handgun from the Charger, stuck it under her skirt and approached the Grand Prix. Suddenly, she pulled out the gun and fired into the Grand Prix, hitting the driver multiple times.

The driver, stunned by the shots, lunged the vehicle forward, knocking down one of the men from the Charger. A brief struggle ensued and one of the men from the Grand Prix was able to wrestle the gun away from the woman. She was knocked to the ground, at which point both vehicles fled the scene.

The victim was taken to a hospital. A short time later, the occupants of the Grand Prix returned to the gas station and surrendered the weapon to officers.

It was not immediately clear early Monday which individual was in custody along with the shooter.

Anyone with information is asked to call the 2nd Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5240, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.


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