Gas station shootout kills 2 in Detroit

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Detroit — A 25-year-old man and a 39-year old man are both dead after the two exchanged gunfire Thursday morning at a gas station on the city’s west side.

The close-range gun battle took place about 5:30 a.m. Thursday outside of a Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer, at Puritan, police said.

Authorities said the conflict started when the 39-year-old and his 25-year-old girlfriend pulled up at the station to meet the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 25.

But both men were armed and the meeting quickly turned into a violent confrontation. The 25-year-old man was shot in the head. The 39-year-old man was shot in his chest.  Both died at the scene.

Thursday morning, investigators appeared to give special attention to three vehicles at the scene: a black motorcycle, a gray Ram minivan with Ohio license plates, and a dark-gray Montana minivan with Ohio plates.

Ameka Coleman identified the 25-year-old as her cousin, Martez Fenderson. 

Coleman said she witnessed Fenderson's birth 25 years ago. Thursday, the two had planned to get together on Fenderson’s day off, and she was going to make eggrolls for him. 

Instead she was at the scene where he was fatally gunned down, hugging family members and sharing memories.

Fenderson is a father of two boys, Coleman said.

He was a member of the Soul Devils motorcycle club, but Captain John Serda, of the Detroit Police 2nd precinct, said police don’t believe that affiliation played a role in the double shooting.

The two vehicles from Ohio belong to Fenderson and the woman, Serda said. The motorcycle belongs to the 39-year-old victim, who has not yet been identified. 

Police continue to investigate.

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