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Business is booming at Next Up Barber Shop in Columbia, S.C. after a master barber and his costumer opened fire on two armed robbers who burst through the doors.

According to WLTX, “Not even 24 hours after two armed robbers walked in to Next Up Barber Shop, the business was packed with waiting customers, both young and old” because of the actions of barber Elmurray Bookman and his client, who both have concealed carry permits. One would-be robber was shot and killed and his partner is on the run..

Barber Brandon Dreher recounted the beginnings of the incident.


“Two men came in, armed one with a handgun, one with a rifle and ordered everybody to put their hands up,” he said. “They forced all the customers and kids to put their hands up and they were starting to go in everyone’s pockets.”

Bookman described the rest.

“When he came to him for his money, he told him that his money was over there in the chair. When the guy walked over to the chair, that’s when he came out and shot,” he said. “Then when he started shooting, I came out and started shooting.”

The client was the first to draw his weapon. One suspect, who later died at a hospital, tried to escape out of a back door but the door was jammed, leading to his demise.

WLTX/screenshot
WLTX/screenshot

The second gunman is still at large.

Bookman is asking anyone who may know the gunman on the loose to come forward.

“If you know them, turn them in,” he said. “Because if you don’t, they’re going to do somebody else like that and this time it could be an innocent victim getting killed.”

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