A victim of Saturday’s triple shooting at a Detroit gas station said the shooter warned a clerk that he would shoot every customer in the store before opening fire.
David Langston says he begged the gunman, who was angry over an argument with a store clerk over $3, to “please don’t shoot”, according to police. Tonner Kelly also asked a gas station clerk to open the store’s locked door and let her out before she was shot.Reporter Jasmine Barmore, a friend of the victim. Fortner-Kelly, 37, has died.
Detroit police and the Wayne County Attorney’s Office have not confirmed or denied the details Langston provided to the free press as of Tuesday evening. Attempts to do so were unsuccessful.
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Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy was scheduled to address the case at a press conference Wednesday morning.
Detroit police arrested a 27-year-old man on Sunday in connection with the shooting.
Police on Monday said the gas station was unlicensed and was closed by the Detroitville Department of Safety Engineering and the Environment during a shooting investigation.Fortner-Kelly’s loved ones are distraught and angry at the death. was the father of three children. His eldest daughter, she is 14 and about to graduate from junior high school. Before he was killed, Langston said it was Fortner he Kelly who tried to prevent everyone from being shot. Tihesha Redmond. Fortner-Kelly graduated from Southfield High School and Wayne State University. According to Redmond, he was a substitute teacher. “No matter what you’re going through, he’ll make you laugh.”
Free Press reporter Jenna Prestininzi contributed to this report.
This article was originally published in the Detroit Free Press. Gunman shoots customer after alerting clerk at Detroit gas station, victim says