Gunman fires into crowd at Farmington Hills Shell gas station

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published October 6, 2020


Farmington Hills police are investigating a shooting at the Shell gas station at Northwestern Highway and Middlebelt Road at approximately 11:40 p.m. Oct. 3. 

Multiple 911 calls came in reporting gunshots in the area, but all parties involved in the incident fled the scene before officers arrived, a news release states. 

According to the release, the preliminary investigation shows a large group of individuals gathered, roughly 20 people Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King said, around their cars at the gas pumps and in the parking lot when a dark-colored sedan stopped at the gas station driveway. A suspect in the stopped vehicle then proceeded to fire six shots into the crowd. 

Most of the 20 people were not at the gas station together or known to each other, King said, and no one at the scene was reported struck by bullets or injured during the altercation. 

“We did find a sixth round. We’ve accounted for all of the rounds that were fired,” he said. “It was extremely fortunate that no one was hit with the rounds, and the individuals that were at the gas station all fled, as the video shows, in different directions in different cars prior to our officers arriving on scene.”

The suspect vehicle was last seen fleeing eastbound on Northwestern Highway. Police believe the shooting stems from a dispute that occurred earlier in the evening. 

“Investigators have developed information from the scene, from witnesses, putting pieces together that indicate this was the result of a confrontation that occurred earlier in the night at another location,” King said, adding that investigators have spoken to witnesses from the scene, but they were not involved in the ongoing altercation and couldn’t provide any additional information. 

There is no evidence that the dispute stems from a shooting at the Retreat of Farmington Hills apartments complex on 12 Mile Road that was reported a little more than a month ago, King said. 

The release states the incident does not constitute a threat to the general public. King said that’s because the incident was not a random act of violence. 

“This wasn’t a person driving down the street and shooting a gun. … Obviously, when someone shoots a gun in a reckless manner, there is a general threat to public safety, but the focus of that statement is to convey that this was not random,” King said. “These are not individuals that are unknown to each other. These were two groups that knew each other and had an ongoing conflict.”

The Farmington Hills Police Department has increased patrols of uniformed officers in the area of the incident as they continue to investigate. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Farmington Hills Police Department Command Desk via phone at (248) 871-2610. 

Call Staff Writer Jonathan Shead at (586) 498-1093.