COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Two concealed weapons holders who were victims of an armed robbery at a Columbia barbershop shot and killed one of the suspects on Friday night.
The Columbia Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at Next Up Barber and Beauty in the 4400 block of Fort Jackson Boulevard shortly before 7 p.m.
Several people, including children, were inside the business when two armed men wearing masks demanded and stole money from them.
Two of the victims with valid concealed weapons permits shot at both suspects, hitting one of them. The wounded suspect ran from the barbershop and collapsed outside.
He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical staff a short time later, according to police.
CPD is investigating how the second suspect escaped from the scene, and whether he’s suffering from any injuries.
The victims were not physically injured during the incident.
Police said one of the suspect’s weapons was reported stolen from a south Columbia home in 2012.
Investigators continue to gather information about what happened, including checking for any available surveillance video.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting CPD with the case.
Authorities have not released the identity of the deceased suspect.
Anyone with any information about this robbery turned shooting is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.