My mother had already told me about this. But here's a summary below.
DETROIT (WJBK) - Two guys walked in to a very busy Gents Barbershop at about 5:30 p.m. Friday on Whittier at Stratman on Detroit's east side. One with a gun said, "You know what time it is."
What the two bad guys didn't know was two customers were legally carrying handguns.
A man in a chair getting a cut took advantage of pulling his gun under the cover of the smock.
When one bad guy said, "Why you stalling? Empty your pockets," he then fired a shot into the floor of the barber shop. That's when the customer in the chair opened fire and emptied his automatic clip containing multiple rounds.
Three children were also standing behind the barber chair. That same customer took his unarmed hand and swept the three children into a safe spot out of the way against the wall.
The end result was that none of the customers or children were hurt. One bad guy was killed and the other ran off during the shooting.
Police say the deceased has a long rap sheet. He was currently out on parole for an armed robbery conviction. They are still looking for a suspect that is described as a black male with scruffy hair between the ages of 22 and 30. They say he is six feet tall with a thin build and was wearing a white tee shirt and blue shorts.
I've been meaning to write about this. Really I have. But I've been tired--what with the being knocked up and all. Just kidding. That's an extension of a rumor Ted was trying to start. Anyhow, I meant to write about this because it's one of those stories that has caused odd reactions. There's the one camp that says the possibility of getting hurt or murdered always exists when you're committing a crime--in Detroit. The other side is that even though the shooter was a legal gun carrying member of society, he shouldn't have killed the guy.
I'm a bit biased because the owner's mother and uncle are friends of my mother. I wouldn't have wanted him or the kids to have gotten hurt. My brother used to be one of those kids getting his hair cut there. Who hangs out in barber shops but kids and old men--mostly old thugs. Why wouldn't these idiots think someone in there would have a gun? Maybe not a legal gun, but a gun nonetheless.
The thing bothering me most is the blatant lack of respect these young men had for the establishment. Where the shop sits, it's like one of the only shop that's on that strip. It's been there since about 1991. With it being one of the few remaining businesses around, you would think the robbers would consider that before robbing them. Hell, even crackheads will stay out of your house so long as you let them wash your car every so often for $5. I mean damn! Nothing is sacred anymore.
I hate to see people get killed under any circumstance. However, I'm not completely against protecting yourself when the time comes. If that means you got through the process to legally carry a weapon and use it when needed, so be it. What do y'all think? Should the customer have just given the guys the money? Do you think the outcome would have been different if one of the robbers hadn't shot the floor?