Washington Barbershop shooting: How did JQ Barber die? Shooting Chaos Explained

JQ barber shop shooting

A barber was shot and killed in his shop in eastern Washington on Wednesday. Let’s see how JQ Barber died and Washington Barbershop shooting in detail.

How did JQ Barber die?

According to the Puyallup Police Department, the barber was cutting a child’s hair when the incident occurred. The barber, a 43-year-old Tacoma resident and the owner of JQ Barber Shop, was killed. He was approached by an unidentified male suspect wearing all-black while the victim was cutting the hair of an 8-year-old, according to a Facebook post by police.

After entering the store, the suspect went straight to the barber’s booth and opened fire on him multiple times before running away from the scene on foot, according to witnesses.

“The barbershop owner had been shot multiple times,” said Captain Ryan Portmann of the Puyallup Police Department. “Fire was right behind us, and they ultimately pronounced him dead at the scene.”

Police released the update on Homicide Investigation and the message reads, “Our Investigative Services Unit (ISU) is actively working on the homicide. Based on our preliminary investigation, the incident appears to be isolated. Consequently, we believe the danger to the community is low.”

Washington Barbershop shooting: What happened?

Just after 5 o’clock, a shooter entered a JQ Barber Shop in Puyallup, 30 miles south of a suburban Seattle neighborhood. He started shooting the barber several times.

The 43-year-old, Jose Velez, is identified as the victim. Puyallup police investigators believe the gunshot was targeted, and no one else in the barbershop was injured.

When Central Pierce Fire and Rescue was called to the location at the request of the responding officers, they found the barber dead, according to Puyallup police. The shooting did not cause any harm to the child. The suspect has not been identified by the police yet. The motive behind the shooting is not known.

Numerous witnesses were present when the barber was killed, according to police. They are helping with the investigation. Despite what authorities described as “an extensive area search” for the culprit involving a police dog, not much is now known about the shooter.

Police asking public assistance:

Suspect description: “The suspect is described as a male who is about 5’8″ tall and dressed entirely in black. The Puyallup Police Department urges anyone with knowledge regarding the incident to contact them as soon as possible.”

We have received multiple tips from the community to date. That said, we are still encouraging anyone with information or potential video to call our tip line at 253-770-3343 or email [email protected].

The Puyallup Police Department’s Investigative Services Unit officers are in charge of the probe into the incident on Wednesday.

In the vicinity of JQ Barber Shop, which is roughly 10 miles east of Tacoma, police asked puplic to help with investigation. Police are requesting that anyone who works or resides there investigate any security footage on their buildings. Anyone who sees people matching the description on video has been asked to report it to the Puyallup Police Department’s tip line at 253-770-3343.

What was people’s reaction?

Community people have gathered to pay their respects to Velez. Ava, a Puyallup resident, lives nearby and expressed concern for the child who was present. “It’s sad for me and I feel like everybody that lives around here. Especially for the little kid that was in there at that time,” she said. “He’s going to be traumatized for a long time.”

Portmann assured the public that investigators are doing everything they can to bring those guilty to justice. While acknowledging that certain members of the community may feel unsafe following an incident like this.

“You should be able to go to work, cut a child’s hair, and have a nice time while you’re doing that” Portmann said. “It was a tragic situation with the JQ barber, and I think it’s caused people to step back and question their safety.”

Also, Puyallup Police Chief Scott Engle will meet with local business owners next Tuesday to learn what may be done to make them feel safer.


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