Mother shot, killed during armed robbery at Wyoming gas station

WYOMING, Mich. -- A mother of four is dead following a shooting at the Marathon gas station near the intersection of 28th Street and Buchanan Avenue in Wyoming Monday morning.

When officers arrived on the scene, they tell FOX 17, they found a employee shot and killed.  Loved ones identify her as Shannon Schoen and describe her as a loving mother and friend. The station will not reopen until Tuesday.

Family members say Schoen, 49, was robbed at that same gas station 4 times and every time she was able to fight them off. They also confirm that she was a mother of three daughters and one son.

They've also started a GofundMe account to help with funeral expenses.

Police described  the suspect, Willie Martin Bryant, 33,  as a black male, 6 feet tall with a slim build. He was reportedly wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and fled in an early 2000s white Cadillac.  Police arrested Bryant in the McDonald's parking lot on Michigan Street near College Avenue NE late Monday evening.

Police in Grand Rapids later surrounded a home in the 900 block of Franklin following what they said was a high-risk traffic stop in connection to Monday morning's shooting.  In a press release, they say the driver was taken into custody but say the suspect in the shooting wasn't in the vehicle, adding they had reason to believe the suspect jumped out prior to the traffic stop and entered a nearby home.

The home was surrounded by police, the GRPD Major Case Team, Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiator Team for nearly seven hours.  At one point, two people exited the home as instructed and were secured without incident. Around 5 p.m., officials entered the home with search warrant but say nobody else was inside.

That stretch of Franklin Street has since reopened to traffic.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Wyoming Police Department at 616-530-7300 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

 

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22 comments

      • Mac Woods

        So it’s okay for YOU to be prejudiced, but not someone else? You probably call yourself an intellectual too……..Sad.

        • Young Bob

          Not an intellectual at all!!! I barely finished high school! Just sick of this guy and his worthless opinions.

          • Common cents

            Young Bob, you are ignorant. Blacks commit 7 times as many violent crimes as whites. They commit more crime overall than whites even though they account for only 13 percent of the population. They commit the most crimes of any other group. Grow up and learn the facts. Facts are not racist.

          • Tay

            To this Comment Cents guy—- You’re dumb. Blacks do not commit more crimes than other racial groups, they are just caught the most for the crimes they do commit due to corrupt, racist police officers. White males are actually the ones that are known to commit the most crime but are let off due to them committing white collar crimes which are harder for police to catch. This is coming from a Criminal Justice student. Before you get on the internet making racist comments make sure you find actual research from studies and not false statistics on the internet that are based on your own racist perceptions.

      • Steven Lahaie

        Since blacks commit so many more crimes than any race, no, it’s no big surprise. The guy is a worthless piece of crap and should be put away for life and no parole. Do you like defending these no good for nothings?

    • Steven Lahaie

      The gun did not commit the crime it was the scumbag who pulled the trigger. The guy is a good for nothing and probably stole the gun.

  • Micki

    Hope they catch them. They need to do more capital punishment to those who out right murder people instead of letting them hid behind bars from those affected by the murders.

    • Young Bob

      Who are the ones doing the mass shootings? Better go watch Fox News and be more of an echo chamber for them!

      • Robert E Lee

        Young BOB your an ignorant millennial. Your emotional progressive viewpoint have no basis in fact. Do some critical thinking and stop with the emotional brainwashing you have endured. Progressiveism is a sickness and you have it. Check into the numbers and see that common cents, Bob, Old Bob, and others are correct. You can treat your sickness by owning a business, shooting a gun, looking at facts, read the constitution and bill of rights, read about history (not the history you are taught in the public school system). Talk with a legal immigrant that had to learn about the United States. ****just say NO to Progressives***** ******Down with ANTIFA******