A teen-age barber was listed in serious condition today with wounds suffered when he and two other people were shot Tuesday evening in a crowded barbershop where children were waiting for back-to-school haircuts.
Jackie Crouch, 18, of Dupont Avenue was in the intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center. He had been admitted in good condition, but his condition worsened overnight.
Cornelius Redden, 23, of Goemble Avenue and Anthony Rogers, 24, of Masten Avenue, were treated and released from the medical center, authorities said.
Redden and Rogers were described as patrons at the Community Barber Shop, at 319 Glenwood Ave., where the gunfire erupted at about 7:30 p.m. inside the business.
The victims suffered wounds to their upper torsos and arms, police said.
Authorities said two teen-agers, about 17 years old, entered the shop, and one began arguing with a customer seated in a barber's chair. The disagreement escalated, and one of the teens began shooting a handgun.
The customer responded by grabbing a rifle and firing back at the youths, police said.
The armed customer then handed the rifle to another patron who chased the youths from the shop, according to Capt. Joseph Riga, chief of the Homicide Bureau.
"At least a dozen shots were fired," Riga said.
The shooters had been in and around the shop, and apparently one of the victims had stepped outside to talk to one of the suspects before the shots were fired, according to Homicide Bureau Lt. William Conwall.
"We understand there were some young children in there getting haircuts, too," Conwall said.
A weapon was recovered near the corner of Dupont and Glenwood avenues, Conwall said.
Darlene Henderson, who was at home across the street at 318 Glenwood, said she and her two teen-age children got down on the floor when they heard the gunfire.