Triple shooting by angry customer at gas station after clerk locks door over $3

A man has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot three people at a gas station in Detroit, Michigan, following an argument about a $3 credit card payment which was not accepted. David Langston was one of the victims and he survived the shooting, however his friend Carlos Kelly, whom he had been celebrating Cinco de Mayo with, did not.

Langston spoke to WJBK-TV and said that he and Kelly had stopped at the Mobil gas station to buy cigarettes when they became involved in an altercation between the clerk and another customer. The clerk had locked the doors in order to prevent the customer from leaving without settling his debt. Langston said that when they asked to be let out, the customer threatened to shoot them. Langston stated that Kelly responded “Man, he ain’t gonna shoot us, let us up out of here,” and at that moment the man fired at them.

The assailant was identified as 27-year-old Samuel Anthony McCray and he was arrested by police. He was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder, three counts of felony firearm and another count of possessing a firearm as a felon. Furthermore, the gas station was found to be unlicensed and was consequently shut down.

Langston, who is 37 years old, said that he and Kelly had been friends since grade school. Kelly was the father of three children.