Monday, January 25, 2016

SC barber, customers fire on, kill robbery suspect: ‘Kids were crying, hollering’

Via Kearney

Headlights of a passing vehicle on Fort Jackson Boulevard illuminate Next Up Barber & Beauty on Saturday night in Columbia. One of two masked men who allegedly robbed patrons at the shop Friday night was shot and killed when two of the patrons pulled weapons and shot back, Columbia police said. January 23, 2016

Elmurray “Billy” Bookman was cutting hair at his barber station, the second chair from the door, when two masked men, one wielding a pistol and the other carrying a shotgun, entered Next Up Barber & Beauty, he said.

Minutes later, Bookman and one of his customers drew their weapons as the robbers were taking money from customers and employees. They fired shots that left one of the suspects dead and sent another on the run just before 7 p.m. Friday.

“The kids were crying, hollering, and their parents were hollering,” Bookman said. “I think (the suspects) were getting kind of frustrated. They started putting their hands on some of the customers.”

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