Cousins charged with murder of Wyoming gas station clerk

Kent County
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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two cousins have been charged with murder in the deadly shooting of a gas station clerk in Wyoming.

Willie Bryant Jr. and Gary Bryant appeared in Wyoming District Court via a jailhouse video feed Thursday morning, three days after the shooting death of 48-year-old Shannon Rozanski-Schoen.

The mother of four children was shot twice while working at the Marathon gas station on 28th Street and Buchanan Avenue Monday morning. Police say security cameras showed Willie Bryant Jr. walk into the store, demand cash from employees and shoot Schoen-Rozanski.

Willie Bryant Jr. is charged with felony murder, open murder, armed robbery, felony firearm and his fourth offense of being a habitual offender, which would magnify his sentence, if convicted.

His cousin is also charged with felony murder and his fourth offense of being a habitual offender.

During his arraignment, Willie Bryant Jr. questioned the judge about what his prior convictions had to do with his current charges.

 After the hearing, relatives of the Bryants tried to hug and apologize to the victim’s family, but were loudly rebuffed.

Willie Bryant Jr. was arrested inside a Grand Rapids McDonalds Monday night. His cousin was also taken into custody Monday night, according to police.

Willie Bryant Jr. is also charged in a Sunday afternoon shooting that critically injured a woman in Grand Rapids, and is suspected in a Saturday morning shooting that sent a couple to the hospital.

Investigators are still looking for a third person in connection to the deadly shooting, seen on security cameras.  Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts is encouraged to contact Wyoming detectives at 616.530,7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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