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Dispute Outside South Los Angeles Barbershop Turns Deadly

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — One man has died and a second was wounded when a dispute just outside Magic Shears barbershop in South Los Angeles turned deadly.

The shooting in the 7400 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard and 74th Street occurred around 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

Police say a barber confronted two suspects who were seen walking back and forth in front of the store. After some words were exchanged, one of the suspects pulled a gun and shot the barber in the stomach.  He was taken to an area hospital. He spoke Saturday evening, off camera, with CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Louisa Hodge. He told her he had no idea why the men would turn violent.

Another person inside the shop, a customer identified as 46-year-old Trammel Walker, was shot in the back of the head when he tried to flee the store. He died at the scene.

Hodge spoke to one of Walker’s friends who didn’t want to appear on camera because the gunmen are still on the loose. “I don’t think the brother, Trammel, deserved that. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Captain Dennis Kato with the LAPD says, “The decedent, ran out of the barbershop. He tried to get away. They shot him. He ends up in the middle of the street. The suspects run up on him and shoot him one more time and then flee into the neighborhood.”

Walker reportedly has a young son who lives in Northern California. His friend also told Hodge, “I know him as a motorcycle rider, and a motorcycle builder. And he was a racer. I just know him as a good person…from how he treated me and everyone else around.”

Witnesses identified the suspects as two black males in their early 20s.

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