On Saturday, a barber in Katy, Texas was shot three times following an argument with a customer, KHOU 11 reports.
Police are still looking for the alleged shooter.
According to a tweet by the Harris County Sheriff’s office, witnesses reported that an argument ensued over a haircut given to the suspect’s son. This argument lead to an altercation just outside the shop, where the suspect shot the barber.
Deputies are at a barber shop in the 23900 block of Franz Rd, where a male employee appears to have been shot by a customer, who then fled. The victim has been taken to the hospital. Condition unknown at this time. #hounews pic.twitter.com/ukI2cmEAzO— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) December 22, 2019
The suspect, described by witnesses as a black male, then fled the scene in a gray 4-door sedan.
UPDATE: The suspect is a black male. Vehicle may be a gray 4-door sedan, possibly Honda Accord. Witnesses say he shot an employee while arguing over a haircut given to the suspect’s son. #hounews
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) December 22, 2019
KHOU 11, local news Houston, reports that the alleged shooter’s 13-year-old son initially went to the barber shop alone and received a haircut. He then left the barber shop and returned with his father. The father claimed the haircut was not done properly, so the barber fixed the haircut for free.
America is a scary place
— Mr. Potato (@Illusion_775) December 23, 2019
Shooting over a haircut, INSANE
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Then, conflict escalated between the barber and the father, beginning as an argument and ending with the father firing 3 shots into the barber: one in the stomach, another in the leg, and a third in the arm.
KHOU 11 also reported police said the child was in the car while the shooting took place and remained there as the suspect drove off.
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Watch news coverage here.
Detective Wallace Wyatt spoke to KHOU about his concern for the child’s involvement in the incident:
“The disturbing part is his 13-year-old son witnessed this, which makes him part of this, so this 13-year-old son knows he needs to come forward and tell us what happened. Just to be an example, to be a good father and say, ‘I messed up. I have something to prove to my son, and this is how you fix it’.”
Police have said that the victim remains in stable condition and is expected to survive.