Barber shop customers with concealed carry permits open fire on masked thieves

Two armed robbers looking for an easy haul picked the wrong barber shop to rob last week — two customers with concealed carry permits opened fire on the thieves, killing one and sending the second running for his life.

Barber Elmurray Bookman said he and his client opened fire when the armed robbers demanded cash. / Source WLTX

This happened Friday night at the “Next Up Barber and Beauty” in Columbia, South Carolina, when Columbia Police responded to the call shortly before 7 p.m.

The two men entered the shop wearing masks and demanded money from both the shop and customers. Children were among those inside the business at the time of the robbery, according to WBRC Fox 6 News, which reported:

Two of the victims with valid concealed weapons permits shot at both suspects, hitting one of them. The wounded suspect ran from the barbershop and collapsed outside.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical staff a short time later, according to police.

CPD is investigating how the second suspect escaped from the scene, and whether he’s suffering from any injuries.

The victims were not physically injured during the incident. Police said one of the suspect’s weapons was stolen from a south Columbia home in 2012.

Investigators continue to gather information about what happened, including checking for any available surveillance video.


Source: WLTX

Police have not yet released the identity of the dead suspect, and are asking anyone who may have pertinent information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

Watch this report via WBRC Fox 6 News.

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