A Melbourne, Florida barbershop owner allegedly shot and injured a masked gunman who turned out to be a disgruntled customer who was upset about his haircut.
On August 28, 24-year-old Palm Bay resident Marlon Mascoe entered New York Hair Barbershop while other customers were being serviced. Mascoe then allegedly pointed a firearm at several people, according to Melbourne Police. The owner of New York Hair Barbershop allegedly shot Mascoe in the hip and apprehended him until Melbourne Police arrived at the barbershop.
Mascoe has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.
Melbourne Police Lieutenant Ryan Schorer spoke to Florida Today regarding the shooting. Schorer stated Mascoe had no intentions of robbing the barbershop at all.
“The investigation revealed that it wasn’t related to a robbery,” Schorer said to Florida Today. “It was actually related to a prior haircut transaction he was unhappy with or an interaction inside the business.”
Additionally, Schorer told Florida Today that Mascoe is currently being treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
Across America, there have been numerous barbershop crimes involving patrons and owners.
On July 16, a Detroit woman took matters into her own hands after attacking and detaining a customer after he stole her car.
Over the course of three days, 32-year-old Bianca Chambers tracked her car through its GPS system after it was stolen in front of a local department store.
Chambers ended up finding her car at 7 Days West Barbershop and confronted the alleged thief by attacking and detaining him until police arrived.
“I slashed all the tires and I thought that he was gonna take off and I didn’t know how long it was going to take for the police to pull up,” Chambers told Fox 2. “I refused to let him pull off again.”
On May 31, an Illinois barber allegedly shot and killed a customer after he refused to pay for his haircut.
Deshon McAdory, 40, allegedly killed 31-year-old customer Christian McDougald at Studio 914 barbershop. McAdory’s attorney Anthony Burch told the Chicago Tribune that his client acted in self-defense.
“A person came into the store who’s clearly the aggressor. He got a haircut, argued about not wanting to pay. There was an argument that ensued outside. As [McAdory] is retreating into the store, he is approached by the aggressor and fired one shot,” Burch said to the outlet.
McAdory was held on a $250,000 bond and charged with first-degree murder.