On January 22, a barber and a customer opened fire and killed one of two armed men who allegedly entered the business to rob patrons.
The incident occurred around 7 pm at Next Up Barber and Beauty in Columbia, South Carolina.
According to the Columbia Police Department, customers said “two armed men wearing masks demanded and stole money from them.” And in the course of moving around to collect money and valuables from patrons, the “two armed men” were met with gunfire from two concealed permit holders who were in the barbershop. One of the permit holders was Master Barber Elmurray Bookman and the other was a customer sitting in a barber chair.
Bookman told WLTX one of the masked men asked the customer for money the customer told him it was over by another chair. When the men moved toward the other chair to retrieve the money, the customer opened fire and Bookman opened fire as well.
Bookman described it this way:
When he came to him for his money, he told him that his money was over there in the chair. When the guy walked over to the chair, that’s when he came out and shot. Then when he started shooting, I came out and started shooting.
The Columbia Police Department said, “One of the suspects was shot multiple times before running from the business and collapsing outside” and the second escaped. The one that collapsed was later pronounced dead.
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