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As police search for the shooter in Wednesday’s shooting at a barbershop in Reading, the owner is speaking out exclusively with 69 News.
Shots were fired around 2:45 p.m. into All Stars Barber Shop, a crowded business at the Rockland Plaza shopping center at North 11th and Rockland streets.
Four people were shot, one of whom remained in critical condition Thursday.
It was the second shooting within 24 hours. A gunman also fired into the shop around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. None of the two employees and nine customers inside was injured in that shooting, police said.
The barbershop owner, a veteran and church-going man, told 69 News he is shocked the shootings happened in his place of business.
“Unfortunately, this can happen randomly anywhere, and it just happened to happen here at my business,” he said. “I do not want anybody to think that my business is a drug haven because that is one thing that I do not allow.”
The owner, who would only identify himself as Mr. C, said he believes one of his customers, who was not shot, was the gunman’s target. He has since banned that customer from his store to ensure the future safety of all of his clients and young children in the shop.
He believes there is roughly $5,000 in damage, but what he is most concerned about is the well-being of the shooting victims, especially the person in critical condition.
“That does not count for nothing compared to the gentleman that is fighting for his life right now, which I pray for,” he said. “I do not even know the gentleman. I just hate the fact that it happened in my establishment, and I just pray for him.”
The owner also said he wants to thank his customers for supporting his business over the last 10 years and hopes they continue to do so. He also thanked the police for their continued efforts to find the shooter.
Investigators said the shooter was captured on several surveillance cameras.
If you have any information about the shooting call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.