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Man Fatally Shoots Crook Outside Detroit Gas Station

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Detroit Crime Scene Investigators look over the area where a man was shot to death by a victim he attempted to rob. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit Crime Scene Investigators look over the area where a man was shot to death by a victim he attempted to rob. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Police say one person was killed when gunfire erupted outside of a gas station on Detroit’s west side.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Thursday at a Citgo gas station near Linwood and Davison.

A man was filling his tires with air when someone approached and tried to rob him at gunpoint, according to reports. The man pulled out a gun to defend himself and a shootout occurred. Both ended up firing at each other, with the victim chasing the suspect away from the gas station.

Police say the suspect’s body was found in an alleyway across the street from the gas station. The victim also suffered a gunshot wound, but is expected to be OK. An investigation is ongoing.

Ian Thomas, who stopped at the station to fill up before work, said he’s not surprised to hear of the incident.

“I’ve lived in Detroit all my life so this is not uncustomary. It’s nothing new to me, baby. I’ve worked for this city for 12 years, so I’m accustomed to all the things that go on around here,” he said.

The shooting happened at the same gas station where prominent Detroit pastor and gospel music icon Marvin Winans was carjacked last May. Three men subsequently pleaded guilty to carjacking and unarmed robbery charges in the case and were sentenced to four to 20 years in prison.

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