CLEVELAND (WJW) – Five people are recovering from gunshot wounds after someone opened fire inside a crowded Cleveland barber shop Thursday afternoon.
It happened in the Old Brooklyn section of Cleveland and investigators continue to look for suspects.
At last check, four men between 19 and 34 years old and a 29-year old woman were being treated for gunshot wounds.
Police say aone man was shot in the chest and was listed in critical condition. All were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.
“The way he opened that shop door and the way he was shooting, he didn’t care about the lives of nobody. They didn’t care, man,” said barbershop owner Tim Gillespie.
For three years, Gillespie has owned the IFixUgly barbershop in the 4400 block of State Road, on the corner of Saratoga Avenue.
“It’s a family vibe in the barber shop. People love us,” he said.
Cleveland police say just after 3 p.m. Thursday, someone opened fire inside the shop, striking two barbers and three customers.
“That dude came into that shop and was shooting, he opened the door and he never crossed the threshold of the barbershop. He opened the door and was shooting at those men,” said Gillespie.
Gillespie says just before the shooting, three men walked in without appointments, asking for haircuts. He says two barbers finished servicing two of them.
“There was one left in the chair and the dude opened the door and he targeted them, he targeted them. He shot them people, he shot them people… This was a direct. This wasn’t a drive-by, this was not a drive-by shooting,” the owner said.
Gillespie says the only barbers that were shot were the two servicing the customers. He doesn’t believe that his barbers were the target of the gunfire.
“One [customer] was wounded in his hand and the other two, they were shot up pretty bad,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cleveland police say the shooter took off in a red four-door vehicle. Detectives are also trying to determine whether someone from inside the barbershop returned fire.
“I don’t know, I took cover. I didn’t see what was going on,” said Gillespie.
The shooting happened around the time kids were coming home from school, frightening many parents who showed up see flashing police lights.
“Kids were just getting out of school right now. That’s what I was worried about, was the kids, but everybody had that under control for that there. But who knows when this stuff’s going to stop,” said neighbor Michael Browning.
“Put the guns down, man, and stop doing this… You put innocent people at risk. You could’ve taken the lives of innocent people, just shooting your gun like that in a public barber shop,” Gillespie said.
So far, no one has been arrested.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police at 216-621-1234 or Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME. Tip callers can remain anonymous.