A man asked for a $2 haircut and a barber said no — then he grabbed a gun WFTV/screenshot

The owner of a Mount Dora barbershop was killed Friday after refusing to cut a customer’s hair for $2, witnesses said.

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The incident was reported at about 6:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Old Highway 441.

According to witnesses, the shooter came into the shop earlier in the day asking for a $2 haircut.


When the victim, Wifredo Nieves, refused, the man left but later returned armed with a gun.

After shooting the barber, the gunman was seriously injured by someone inside the barbershop, witnesses said.

The shooter, 36 year old Ryan Thornhill, was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment, Mount Dora spokesman Michael Garcia said.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, Garcia said.

Longtime customer, Mark Turner, was driving by the barbershop with Nicole Russell, and when they saw the flashing police lights they stopped to find out what happened.

“I think it’s sad,” Turner said. “The guy that owns the place, he’d cut our kid’s hair.”


He couldn’t believe that someone would shoot the owner of the shop over the price of a haircut.

“Just for somebody to kill a man behind $2, I think it’s sad,” Turner said. “And whoever did this needs to be brought down and carried to the jail immediately.”

Russell called the victim “real nice and real kind.”

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The barbershop owner was pronounced dead at the scene, Garcia said.


The suspected shooter, Ryan Thornhill, was booked into the Lake County jail early Saturday morning.


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