Barbershop Shootout Video: Wait for the Right Opportunity

By Dean WeingartenBarbershop Shootout 2016 Next Up Barber and Beauty Shop, Columbia SC

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( At a barbershop in South Carolina on the 26th, of January, 2016, at about 7 p.m., two armed robbers assaulted the customers of the Next Up Barber and Beauty Shop.  The robbers appear to be career criminals, but they made fatal mistakes, as can be seen in the video.  It is very difficult to keep focused on everyone, the loot, and maintain control of the scene. When the robbers become complacent, the legal gun carriers make their move.

The Pistol Robber in the light colored hoodie comes in first, from the left side of the screen, from the front entrance.  It appears that the Legal Gun Carrier (LGC) with the concealed carry permit in the center chair is considering drawing.  His right hand goes under the barber sheet, then comes out as the Shotgun Robber appears on the scene.  The Shotgun Robber in the dark hoodie provides oversight of the crime scene for his partner and superior firepower.  The shotgun looks to be a pump, maybe a Winchester 1400, probably a 12 gauge. – Columbia, South Carolina

The legal gun carrier (LGC) is in a tough position; the Handgun Robber on his left, the  Shotgun Robber on his right.  He makes the right decision and decides to wait for the right opportunity.  His patience is rewarded.  The wait also gives him time to assess the situation and make a plan.

Then the robbers become complacent and careless.  The Handgun Robber switches the handgun from hand to hand as he concentrates on picking up money and looking for valuables.

The Shotgun Robber decides that he needs to do some looting as well, switches from a two handed hold to one hand, and becomes careless about watching the situation and covering his partner. A full sized pump shotgun in one hand makes an awkward pistol.

At one point, neither robber is watching the Legal Gun Carrier (LGC) in the center chair.  Neither of the robbers’ guns is pointed at him or ready for quick action. He decides to make his move.

He draws, fires shots at the handgun man, who backpedals and goes down, hard.  The wounded robber tries to get out the back door, but it is jammed. The LGC pivots and fires at the shotgun man who appears to have retreated off screen.  He is likely headed for the frond door.

The LGC quickly pivots back to Handgun Robber and fires another shot, pivots back toward Shotgun Robber and moves to secure the front door.

Reports state that Master Barber Elmurray Bookman also had a CCW permit and a pistol and fired shots, but I do not see him draw and fire in this video. It is possible that he fired shots at the Handgun Robber as he attempted to get out the back.

The Handgun Robber is mortally wounded.  No one else is hit.  It does not appear that either robber was able to get a shot off.  In this crowded barbershop, with two legal gun carriers firing at two armed robbers, only the robbers are hit.  The Handgun Robber dies; it is not known if the Shotgun robber was wounded or not.

c2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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It would be nice to publish the dead perp’s arrest record. The public needs to be made aware just how many repeat offenders we keep giving chance after chance to, and maybe conclude that we shouldn’t.


Love it. The police can’t be everywhere so we have to be ready to defend ourselves, our family, friends, and neighbors just like this hero did.



And oh yeah, I love happy endings too.


Don’t you just love a story with a happy ending?


I love a happy ending!