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Shooting At Popular Englewood Barbershop Leaves 1 Dead And 1 Wounded

CHICAGO (FOX 32/Sun-Times) – One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting at Powell’s Barber Shop, a staple in the Englewood neighborhood, Thursday afternoon on the South Side.

The men, ages 36 and 37, were inside the business at 3:11 p.m. in the 1100 block of West 63rd street when another male outside fired shots into the establishment, according to Chicago Police.

Photo credit: Fox 32 Chicago

Photo credit: Fox 32 Chicago

The 37-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

The younger man was shot in the leg and was also taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Walter Schroeder.

Witnesses tell FOX 32 that one of the men shot was sitting in a chair getting his hair cut at the time.

Owner Sunni Powell said he was shocked by the violence inside his shop and that the shooter and the slain man weren’t regular customers, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Photo credit: Fox 32 News

Photo credit: Fox 32 News

The shop, tucked in the corner of a busy strip mall at West 63rd Street and Racine, has become a neighborhood hub since it opened six years ago. Powell has become well known for offering free cuts to CPS students at the start of the school year, and his shop was featured in a scene in Spike Lee’s movie “Chiraq.”

Powell said he’d never had any similar violence inside his shop.

“We’re going to keep doing what we do, and being a positive force in the community,” Powell said as he slumped in a chair inside the fish-and-chicken joint next door to his shop.

“This isn’t about to shut us down.”

Source: Fox 32 Chicago

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