Devils in the details: The carjacking

Colleague Julia Schrenkler had a terrific idea for a News Cut feature today: Seemingly irrelevant factoids that crop into news stories.

Her inspiration was this story today.

The story: A would-be carjacker is dead after police said he was shot and killed by the person whose car he was trying to take on Detroit’s west side.

The details: “Lonya Smoot, who was in the gas station buying a lottery ticket Tuesday night, said today there was also another young woman with the group who looked to be an older teenager. She said she was inside the gas station, playing her favorite four digits 1-0-1-1, while the man who was shot was gassing up his SUV outside.”

Be on the lookout for similar stories, please.