A barber was shot and killed in his shop in eastern Washington on Wednesday, officials have confirmed. According to the Puyallup Police Department, the barber, whose name has not been released, was cutting a child’s hair at the time of the shooting.
Announcing the incident in a Facebook post, police said the barber, identified as a 43-year-old Tacoma resident and owner of JQ Barber Shop, was approached by an unidentified male suspect dressed in black, while the barber victim, 8, Was cutting the child’s hair. Witnesses told police that after entering the store, the suspect immediately went to the booth where the barber was standing and fled the business on foot, shooting the barber several times. When the police shared their latest update, the suspect remained absconding, and no arrests had been made.
Puyallup police said responding officers requested assistance from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, who pronounced Barber dead on arrival at the scene. The child was not harmed by the bullet.
Police said several witnesses were present at the time of Barber’s murder and they are cooperating with the investigation. Still, little is known about the gunman, despite what officials described as “an extensive area search” for the suspect that included a police dog.
The investigation into Wednesday’s shooting is being led by officers from the Puyallup Police Department’s Investigative Services Unit. Police are asking anyone who lives or works in the area around JQ Barber Shop, located about 10 miles east of Tacoma, to review footage from any surveillance cameras on their properties and ask for a description of the suspect. Check out matching people. Anyone who sees someone matching the description on the video is asked to report it to the Puyallup Police Department’s tip line at 253-770-3343.