DETROIT, MI – Charzell Shields lost her father, brother and cousin in Wednesday night’s barbershop shooting that left six others injured.
“Please my father, my cousin and my brother have all been murdered. Three hits, three family members, please,” said Shields pleading for information about the deaths of her family members.
“That’s my dad, my king, our patriot. Sixty-one-years-old, young, vibrant heart, lovely,” Sheild said looking down at the photo of her father. “We love you.”
A gunman fired into Al’s Place Barbershop on East 7 Mile Road with a high-powered rifle through an open door at the rear of the building around 5:47 p.m., Detroit Police Chief Craig said.
There were 20 to 30 people in a small room gambling in the barbershop at the time of the gunfire. They surged toward a door trying to flee, but the door opened inward, trapping them inside, Craig said.
Nine people were struck by the gunfire. Two died at the scene and one later at the hospital.
“My father, my brother and my cousin Bryan Williams. My father Joezell Williams and my brother Kevin Perryman and it don’t make any sense,” said Shields still in disbelief.
Six more were injured in the crossfire. An investigation revealed that one person had an ongoing feud with several members of a gambling party at the barber shop.
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Describing it as one of the city’s more violent episodes, Detroit Police Chief James Craig revealed that a person of interest had been picked up for questioning for a deadly shooting that left three dead and six people injured at a barbershop Wednesday evening.
“This is a violent act, and basically what I refer to as urban terrorism,” the chief said, describing an incident where someone opened fire with a high-powered rifle into the shop. The people inside were gambling inside a back room; the incident allegedly stemmed from a beef between the shooter and at least one of the people inside.
“There was an attempted mass exodus, however the door … opened inward and the victims were struck in the room,” Craig said. Multiple occupants of the room were armed, said Craig, and at least one of them returned fire.
Police Chief James Craig said between 20 and 30 men were gambling in a small room in the back of the East 7 Mile Road barbershop when the gunman fired through an open rear door with a high-powered rifle around 5:47 p.m. Wednesday.
Joezell Williams was Bryan Williams’ uncle and Kevin Perryman’s stepfather.