1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Shooting at Hawthorne Barber Shop; Gunman Sought

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Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left one man dead at a barber shop in Hawthorne on Friday.

The gunfire broke out just before 11 a.m. on the 14100 block of Crenshaw Boulevard, on the border with Gardena, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Video from the scene showed the location is En Effect Barber Shop, which sits in a strip mall at 14115 Crenshaw Blvd.

Deputies who responded found one man with a bullet wound to his upper torso and another who had been shot in his left shoulder right outside the business, Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean said.

Both men were taken to a nearby hospital.

The man shot in the torso succumbed to his injuries, while the other was listed in stable condition, authorities said.

It’s unclear what led up to the shooting.

Morris Manesh, who owns Brake & Tire Auto Body across the street from the barber shop, said he was working with a customer inside the shop’s office when gunshots rang out.

When he ran out to see what happened, Manesh said he saw the barber, who he knew and had cut his hair before, on the ground covered in blood.

“It was so bad,” Manesh said.

Coworkers said the victim was a 50-year-old father of two who went by PJ.

When he wasn’t working, the barber could usually be seen sitting in a chair just outside his shop, according to Manesh.

No information was immediately available on the gunman, but the shooter was not among the wounded, according to Dean.

“At this time, we don’t really have any suspect information,” the lieutenant said.

Sheriff’s detectives are working with Hawthorne police to investigate.

Officials remained on scene Friday afternoon, interviewing bystanders and searching for other witnesses and surveillance video.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or submit a tip anonymously via 800-222-8477.

Correction: An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect city where the barber shop is located. This post has been updated. 

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