The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Gas War in Detroit Leads to Deadly Shooting

November 19, 2007

DETROIT --- A price war between two neighboring gas station owners in Detroit escalated into violence last week when a man shot and killed another outside one of the stations, police told ABC News. Police were originally called to deal with an assault involving a bat and a pipe outside a local Marathon gas station. But when they arrived, one of the gas station owners had been shot, a Detroit police spokesman told ABC News. The man was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced deal on arrival. The alleged shooter was taken into police custody. According to ABC News' Detroit affiliate, the trouble started when two employees of a Marathon station began manually changing the gas prices on their station's board to $2.93 for regular unleaded --- three cents less than the neighboring BP competitor. The owner of the BP station and one of his employees spotted them making the change and walked over to the Marathon station. Someone reportedly brandished a bat before the Marathon station owner went inside to retrieve a gun and allegedly shot the BP station owner multiple times. While police conducted their investigation of the crime scene, employees of the BP station reportedly raised the price for its regular unleaded gas from $2.96 to $3.09. The two station owners have been engaged in an aggressive price war for some time, witnesses told ABC News.
Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

Sponsored by

Terminology used in many European countries to define closed end Operating Leases where the lessor is responsible for the cost of maintenance and tires in addition to taking residual value risk.

Read more

Fuel Saving Strategies Survey

View our 2008 survey to benchmark your fleet's fuel and green strategies with other fleets.

Fuel Calculator

A managed fuel program can help you save time and money and gain control over the way you fuel your vehicles. Determine your potential savings by using our fuel calculator.
Launch Fuel Calculator 

Fuel Prices

U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices.

Launch Fuel Prices 

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher