5 dead after apparent convenience store robbery


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DRHP
September 12, 2003, 10:52 PM
Been a lurker for a while learning the ropes here at THR. I just saw this article and had to post. A CCW would've helped in this situation...

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/09/12/store.shooting.ap/index.html
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5 dead after apparent convenience store robbery

WESTLAND, Michigan (AP) --A man opened fire at a convenience store after apparently botching a robbery of the business, killing four people and wounding two others before he and his girlfriend led authorities on a high-speed chase in their Corvette, police said.

The man shot and killed himself after crashing the car, while his girlfriend was arrested in a nearby back yard.

Police and prosecutors were reviewing evidence, including surveillance tapes from Neil's Party Store in this Detroit suburb, to determine what charges the 24-year-old woman should face. Police Chief Dan Pfannes said she could be arraigned as early as Saturday.

Pfannes said she acted as a lookout late Thursday as Michael Lamont Schofield , 30, fired one shot each into the two clerks and four customers.

"It was an absolute tragedy for those people," Pfannes said Friday. "It could have been me, you, or anyone."

While robbery appeared to be the motive, the suspects drove off before taking anything.

The pair led police on a chase before crashing the Corvette near a freeway interchange on Detroit's west side. They ran for about two blocks before officers caught the woman and Schofield committed suicide, police said.

Police believe the pair had robbed another convenience store earlier Thursday in nearby Oakland County, but no one was hurt, Pfannes said.

Killed inside the Westland store were a 29-year-old store clerk who was the owner's nephew and a 35-year-old customer. Two men -- one 63, the other 44 -- who had just parked near the front door were shot dead as the robbers were fleeing the store, police said.

About 10 family members and friends stood outside the store Friday while a cleanup crew worked inside.

Flowers and balloons that read "We love you" and "God bless you. You'll be missed" were placed next to the store's door.

Family spokesman Rudy Patros said the owner has had the store for 12 years and had been robbed about three months ago. He said the owner plans to reopen, but he did not know when.

"Nice, friendly people. A nice neighborhood store," neighbor Randy Rohoff said. "They'd give you a pack of cigarettes until (payday on) Friday. You brought (deposit) bottles in and they'd say, `How many?' They wouldn't count 'em."

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WonderNine
September 12, 2003, 11:46 PM
This born loser just makes me want to puke.

If somebody tried to rob a convenience store and started shooting I'd empty a 15 round clip into them and probably the other one just for good measure. People like this can't be dead enough.

FJC
September 12, 2003, 11:52 PM
This happened just down the road from me, and I can't tell you how many times I've stopped at that store. :uhoh:

WonderNine
September 13, 2003, 12:04 AM
This happened just down the road from me, and I can't tell you how many times I've stopped at that store.

Do you carry concealed? If so, you might have been able to avert a tragedy. Or become one of the victims, never know.

FJC
September 13, 2003, 12:22 AM
Yep, I carry concealed at all times, except when entering places where Michigan law doesn't allow carry.

My brother-in-law, who lives near here, said to me tonight, "That's it, I'm taking the class and getting my carry permit."

WonderNine
September 13, 2003, 12:34 AM
Only place I don't carry is the courthouse because they have a metal detector and I guess what you could call security guys. :rolleyes:

Last time I went there about two years ago the security guy was sitting there flirting with some clerk, I had forgotten to leave my folding knife in the car, and happhazardly threw it in the tray along with my wallet, ect. He didn't even notice, so not wanting to get into trouble I just threw it back in my pockets and went to court for my bad check so I could get my $50 fine and get the hell out of there. :rolleyes:

Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 12:49 AM
While robbery appeared to be the motive, the suspects drove off before taking anything.

If you're going to slaughter four people, at least steal a pack of gum, eh?

Skunkabilly
September 13, 2003, 01:38 AM
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edited for low road content :o
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michiganfan
September 13, 2003, 07:47 PM
here is the local take from the detroit freepress

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/robb13_20030913.htm
Store's video is chilling evidence

Ryder
September 13, 2003, 08:27 PM
Maximum possible sentence of life according to the story. What does that mean? This guy already killed before.

Michigan has as many if not more life sentences on parole than they do in prison. Don't believe me? Punch in any popular last name at this link and total them up yourself.



http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/asp/otis2.html

Yeah, I carry. :) In my case CCW = Constant Carry Weapon.

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