Tesla Supercharger station shooting victim identified as police investigate if the argument was over a charging spot
The victim of Wednesday's shooting at the Tesla Supercharger station near Edgewater Public Market has been identified by the local police department. It had to respond to a 911 call at around 9:40 AM that had the officers arrive at the 5500 block of West 20th Avenue west of Sloan’s Lake only to find the 33-year-old Adam Michael Fresquez shot in his Tesla at the Supercharger station there.
His shooter, also driving a Tesla, left the Supercharger station immediately after the deadly shots, and later called 911 to turn himself in. One of the Tesla vehicles was owned and the other rented, while both men carried arms at the time of the accident, clarified the sheriff. Witnesses said that the deceased approached first and was initially maced by the perpetrator who then shot him several times in the heat of an argument.
The Edgewater Police Department says that the shooter has been cooperative, but the investigation is still ongoing, so it is not yet clear if the incident was caused by an argument over a Supercharger stall as the station was nearly full at the moment. Both men hadn't previously known each other, though, so that possibility might still be one of the plausible scenarios for the investigation.
A recent Arctic blast over in Canada, for instance, had Tesla drivers caught off-guard how much their range would drop in the -40ºF (-40ºC) wind chill, forming giant queues at Supercharger stations there. Now that Tesla vehicles are proliferating on US roads, some owners are clamoring for a Supercharger queue system of sorts that will keep tabs on who reserved a spot first, minimizing line jumps that can lead to frustrated drivers.
Tesla recently opened its US charging network to other EV makers, too, which could eventually speed up the development of some type of a Supercharger queuing system if the stations start getting too congested in peak hours at some point in the future.