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Default White mom of 4 working graveyard shift Wyoming, MI gas station shot to death by negro


Homicide suspect not in Grand Rapids home
Updated: May 21, 2018 05:28 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) No one was in the home that Grand Rapids police had surrounded for hours today.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Police have surrounded a Grand Rapids home in the search for a suspect in a Wyoming gas station shooting that killed an employee.

Throughout the afternoon as they surrounding the house on Franklin Street SE east of Eastern Avenue, police repeated the suspect's name over their loud speakers:

"Willie Bryant," they said. "We know you're inside."

Police told media members, however, that they weren't actually certain if who, if anyone, was there. Bryant's father told 24 Hour News 8 he didn't think his son was in the home. Still, he was concerned for his son's safety.

Shortly after 4 p.m., an armored personnel carrier pulled into the driveway of the home in question. Officers then went to the front door, at which point a flash bang could be heard going off. Police said at 4:30 p.m. that they had not yet entered the home, but had put some electronic devices inside. They still weren't entirely certain anyone was in the home.

Residents who live on Franklin Street between Dallas and Geneva avenues were asked to shelter in place. Police will help residents safely evacuate if needed. Franklin Street was closed between Dallas and Geneva avenues. Drivers were asked to avoid the area and detour onto Eastern or Fuller avenues.

Just before school let out, GRPD said parents of children who walk home through the blocked off area should plan to meet them at the bus stop. Bates and Worden remained open as alternate routes.

"We're working (out of) an overabundance of caution," Grand Rapids Police Department Chief David Rahinsky said.


The shooting happened around 6 a.m. at the Marathon gas station at the intersection of 28th Street and Buchanan Avenue in Wyoming.

The woman killed was 49-year-old Shannon Schoen, her ex-husband told 24 Hour News 8. She was a mother of four. Her employer previously told 24 Hour News 8 she had two children.

The owner of the gas station said he was working when the gunman who he said he didn't recognize came in. Police originally said the victim was the only person inside.

The owner said the gunman shot Schoen then turned to him, asking him for "everything he has."

The owner said he didn't have anything on him. That's when the gunman turned to Schoen, fired another shot and left, according to the owner.

He said he ran outside and flagged down a woman, who pulled into the gas station. That woman told 24 Hour News 8 she went into the store, found an employee with a gunshot wound, and called 911. The owner said he remembered he had his cellphone after flagging down the passerby and also called 911.

Authorities on scene at the Marathon gas station in Wyoming Monday, May 21, 2018.
Cameras in and outside the store captured the what happened, including images of the suspect's getaway car.

The owner of the gas station told 24 Hour News 8 that Schoen had worked at the store for nearly seven years, was a good worker and enjoyed working third shift.

He said the gas station would be closed for the rest of the day.

Grand Rapids police began setting up a perimeter around a home in the 900 block of Franklin Street SE around 10:45 a.m.

Officers said whoever may have been in the home wasn't responding to their calls over the loudspeaker. They activated their sirens off and on.

Were trying to slow this down and give them every opportunity to go out before we have to go in. So its pretty clear that were out here (and) we want them to come out, GRPD Deputy Chief Eric Payne explained.

Meanwhile, Willie Bryant Jr.'s father waited anxiously to see what would happen. Willie Bryant Sr. said he was convinced his son was not in the home, but was still worried he may lose his life in a showdown with police.

Speaking with 24 Hour News 8, he pleaded with his son to surrender.

"There's too much happening and they're thinking you be doing all of this. You need to turn yourself in," he said, hoping his words would reach his son.

"Come to my house. We can do this together," he continued. "I'm begging you, your grandmother's begging you, your momma's begging you, your auntie, your sisters, everybody."

He said he was convinced his son didn't have anything to do with the shooting that killed Schoen, but did think his son was involved in another shooting that happened Saturday on Thomas Street SE, only a few blocks away from the home on Franklin. In that case, a woman was critically injured.

"I'm hoping it's not my son, but the evidence I'm getting from witnesses and stuff, that's what they say," Bryant Sr. said.

Investigators have so far not confirmed any connection between the shootings.

Grand Rapids police say the found a white Cadillac matching the description of the suspect's vehicle near the Franklin Street home with one person inside. Officers say Wyoming police are questioning that person.

The gunman is described as a black man around 6 feet tall with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white strings. A second person, a getaway driver, was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and heading northbound on Buchanan Avenue.
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