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Barber shot and killed while cutting 8-year old’s hair in Puyallup


Beverley Kirkwood, Reporter

Police are currently searching for a suspect responsible for killing a barber.

The shooting occurred at 5:09pm at JQ’s barbershop while the 43-year old barber shop owner was cutting an 8-year old’s hair and was shot multiple times leading to his death.

When police showed up, the owner had already passed and the suspect was long gone.

“Preliminarily, it looks like the owner was the target of this attack,” said police Capt. Ryan Portmann.


Thankfully the 8 year old boy was not injured but unfortunately he is shaken from the traumatic scene.

“That’s going to be on this little boy’s mind for probably the rest of his life, something they he saw that will traumatize this young child,” said Allen Simons.

Simons said he usually passes by JQ’s Barbershop every day. In the process, he said he’s gotten to recognize and know the man who was shot and killed.

“Always friendly guy, always greets the people when they’re walking the streets,” said Simons.

Police are looking for more evidence as they try to find the identity of the shooter.


This was Puyallup’s first slaying in more than a year. It’s unfortunate that these shootings seem to occur so often. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected by this devastating event.

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