DETROIT (WWJ) – A man was shot and killed Friday night after an apparent dispute over the price of condoms at a Detroit gas station.

WWJ’s Beth Fisher spoke to an employee at the BP gas station on Fenkell and Meyers, where the shooting took place on the city’s westside overnight. The employee said the argument was apparently over the price of a box of condoms.

He said the customer bought a box of condoms, but made a comment that he was overcharged and could have bought them somewhere else for a cheaper price. After being told he couldn’t get a refund, the customer allegedly began tossing items off the shelves. That’s when, according to the employee, the overnight clerk came out with a gun and fired a warning shot, which struck the customer in the shoulder.

Police say the customer was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said they are working on conflict resolution between gas station owners and Detroiters, something they will be discussing at a meeting on Sunday.

“We can’t have this kind of attitude and this kind of disrespect for life. Whether it happens to people who work in the gas station or definitely if it happens to people in the community. From what I’m understanding, the price of a condom should not be somebody’s life,” said Scott.

Police say the store clerk, whose name has not been released, is in custody. An investigation is ongoing.

The shooting comes during an increase of violent crime in Detroit.

In another recent incident at a gas station, an 86-year-old World War II veteran was assaulted and his car was stolen in broad daylight. After several people passed by him as he crawled, unable to walk because his leg was broken in the attack, the man tried to pay a stranger to drive him home. The good Samaritan man drove him for free, and called an ambulance. Days later, a 21-year-old suspect was arrested. Charges are pending.

Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta is drafting an ordinance that would require gas station owners to hire security guards to protect the public.

“And as we watch this man was beaten on camera and crawled into the station, never once did I see the proprietor, as well as the people who were going to that gas station, help that individual. We are saying secure your facility, safeguard us as a community,” said Kenyatta.

Scott said part of the problem is the general relationship between customers in the communities and gas station owners and employees.

“The problem basically is that you have people who work in the stations who do not have a reasonable relationship with the community, where the respect for the dollars that they spend is accorded to them in the terms of human respect. On the other hand, you do have people in the neighborhood who come in, or people who might engage in negative activity, where the lives of the owners are threatened,” said Scott.

What it comes down to, said Scott, is respect.

“I’ve been in similar situations in some of these stores where I’ve been disrespected. And now we’re talking about young, specifically African-American men. One of the major things in the community that you want is respect… and I think people here don’t have skills in terms of de-escalation of violence,” said Scott.

Other recent crimes in Detroit include a 27-year-old man who allegedly shot three people, two who died; a 14-year-old boy who apparently shot and killed his mother while she slept; two teens who are accused of shooting a 6-year-old boy during a carjacking spree; and a 9-month-old boy who died after someone sprayed his family’s home with bullets from an AK-47.

Comments (298)
  1. PoPo says:

    good point

  2. Dead city walking says:

    A person shot in Detroit??? Shocking!!!

  3. J.D. says:

    And this is why contraception should be “free”, right Barry?

  4. Joanne C says:

    I guess someone isn’t having protecting sex in D-town.

  5. Melissa Lipnutz says:

    The people who talk about respect are the ones who least deserve it. By the way, the condoms worked in preventing pregnancy…and the perp was aborted in the 88th trimester.

  6. Brusjumper says:

    Lordy, the price to get laid anymore is a killer…

  7. Tyrone N B ut ts says:

    We need to deport all the dune c00ns running gas stations.

  8. maxbll says:

    This is hilarious. I love Detroit. And Kwame wants to introduce legislation to require gas stations to hire security. So the price of gas in the city will rise and more people will buy gas outside of the city. Thus reducing the amount of gas stations in the city and increasing unemployment. Bu T Full.

  9. maxbll says:

    I guess I would have used the liberal word.

  10. rjh says:

    Anybody who knows anything about weapons for self defense knows that there is no such thing as a “warning” shot.

  11. Krakenbound says:

    This is proof that the oppressive 1% need to be forced by the Federal government to provide free contraception to the 99%. While we are at it, free beer, smokes, chips, and one of the tree-shaped air freshers should also be free!

  12. NoodlesNoodlemann says:

    Whenever I hear someone use the word “disrespect” I know I am in for a load of BS.

  13. ruckus says:

    Nothing new about Condom inflation. It let us know they won’t leak.

  14. rick says:

    The man was not shot over the price of condoms. He was shot because he was menacing.

  15. Ricardo Queso says:

    Sounds like the patron expected to be coming, and instead ended up going.

  16. seaden says:

    “Man Shot At Detroit Gas Station, Reportedly Over Price Of Condoms”

    What an inaccurate headline.

    He was shot for his behavior, trashing the store and threatening the clerk.

  17. thetruthwillsetyoufree says:

    SLAVE TRADE stated in Africa long before Europeans got involved. Persians, Arabs and other black africans, were involved in the slave trade. The Europeans were the last group to buy slaves on a grand scale before the practice was stopped by the Europeans themselves. Remember, the Europeans just bought the slaves, the African’s (both Saharan and sub-Saharan African) had the whole slave market set-up in the ports of Africa. It’s similar to the drug trade today, where the drug lords pay the locals to grow and process the drugs…the dealers and the users are just the victims of the Rich (1%) drug Lords. ANd as we have been told by today’s inner-city leaders, the users can’t be blamed, its the drug lords fault. So, in following with the same logic and argument, the Europeans that bought slaves were not at fault, it was the Africans who captured and sold their brethren into slavery.
    The entire western hemisphere was discovered and developed by Latino sponsored Royalty out of Portugal and Spain. It wasn’t till the late 1500′s when the Anglos from England came over and established colonies in the New England area-which then became the United States of America. A majority of the Latino areas are not part of the United States. A good portion of the Southern U.S. was purchased from Spain…but compared to the rest of Central and SOuth AMerican, its a very small part. So…it was the Latino’s fault that the Western Hemisphere was discovered, not the Anglo.
    Yes the Holocost was committed by whites on whites. But during that same period, the Japanese killed far more Chinese that Hitler killed Jews. Horrible, but true. All races have been responsible for atrocities.
    The remainder of the list outlines despicable things…save the disease spreading.
    Disease spreading was not intentional. Disease/Hygiene was not understood until the beginning of the 20th century, and is still being studied today. In fact, HIV started in monkeys in african and the first person to become infected and start the spree of the disease was an African…It does not matter, really. But YOU brought it up.
    The problem with the black poor and racial tension here in the US is not due people being black or white. Its the leadership in the black community here in the US that has told their people that they are entitled to something and everything. It is this entitlement that has led to a lack of self worth, a lack of community, and a general lack of a future beyond that of being a victim.

    1. CBK says:

      In my comment, I agreed that ALL ETHNIC groups do evil…mankind is evil by nature. But my issue is that the typical manipulative methods of racist Whites is to water down their wrongs with “reasons” and “explanations” that are designed to make them look, not so bad…or not AS bad as others. Your comment is demonstrative of my point. Example…”the Europeans that bought slaves were not at fault, it was the Africans who captured and sold their brethren into slavery.”

      Let me ask you this… Who was at fault when Black slaves were brutally beaten and raped by White slave owners? Who was at fault when Blacks were violently separated from family members so that White “masters” could make more money? Who was at fault when Blacks had their fingers chopped off when they tried to write, or eyes gouged out when they tried to learn reading, or toes and feet cut off when they tried to run to a place where they could be free? Who was at fault when thousands of innocent Black men were lynched just because someone said they looked at them wrong? Who was at fault when the history books were changed to leave out the great accomplishments and contributions other ethnic groups have made to this country and the world? Heck, even Jesus Christ, Savior of the world is White, according to Whites… although he came from the African continent… Hmmm. Who was at fault when native Americans were slaughtered and raped for THEIR own land? Who was at fault when Jim Crow laws were made? What is the typical profile of a serial killer/rapist? What is the typical profile of a Pedophile? You say Whites did not spread disease deliberately? It seems you’re not familiar with the Tuskegee Experiment. It’s where racist Whites intentionally injected Blacks with Syphyllis. Rent the movie “Miss Evers Boys,” it portrays the entire story. And as far as the old HIV came from an African monkey thing..I suggest you do some research and stop believing the lying reports put out by mainstream media.You will find that HIV is a MAN-MADE disease designed for genocide. Heres a link that will get you on the path to the REAL truth that will make you free!…

      By the way…I couldn’t agree with you more about Black leadership perpetuating the hand out mentality in the Black community. I’m quite sick of it myself. What Blacks need to wake up and realize is that this entitlement agenda was started by Racist Whites who wanted to keep them down and unfortunately it’s working. As I stated before, the ONLY hope for any of us is JESUS CHRIST! Until men/women, of all ethnic groups realizes this fact…they are all DOOMED! Because believe me…when we stand before the Lord (which won’t be long) He is not going to judge us by your ethnic group…but He is the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE who will judge us by our relatinship with HIM! AMEN!
      (Romans 10:9-10)

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  18. skyehawk says:

    Let me see : He at a GAS station …..and complaining about the price of condoms ? talk about misplaced anger ….He should be complaining about the price of GAS ..every time he puts GAS in his car he should see Qbama’s face on the pump !! Remembering when BUSH (W) left office gas was 1.66 a gallon …Qbama and his czars called Bush ” The Big Oil President ” What should we call Qbama ??

    1. Tyrone says:

      A communist loving knee grow

  19. yoda says:

    Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta is drafting an ordinance that would require gas station owners to hire security guards to protect the public.

    SOUNDS LIKE THE BEGINNINGS OF MARTIAL LAW. It takes a few idiots to ruin it for everyone.

  20. Fergie says:

    How come this respect thing only goes one way in detroit? Being from the left coast and taught manners bt my grandma I always thank clerks. I noticed in D.C. fast food joints clerks rarely ever thanked the customer. There just may be something to this entitlement theory. I was raised on welfare so lets not talk about about white privilege being a factor.

  21. PPE says:

    Wall up Detroit and use it as a prison

  22. Ar Amytas says:

    Fence Detriot off. Throw in a buncha mexucans and let them have at it!

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