A Detroit barbershop shooting left three men dead and six wounded on Wednesday, police say. The barbershop is known for illegal gambling, according to the Associated Press.
The Detroit barbershop shootings happened about 6 p.m. at Al's Barber Shop, said police spokeswoman Kelly Miner. She said nine men were shot and three of them were confirmed dead.
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Details of the Detroit barbershop shooting were sketchy because police were still investigating what happened, and it wasn't yet clear how many people opened fire.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters at the scene of the barbershop that "suspects engaged a couple of victims" before "several shots were fired." He said it's not known if any of the victims fired back.
Miner said two cars pulled up outside the Detroit barbershop and people in the vehicles exchanged gunfire with each other.
"Somehow someone shot into the building, and that's when people rushed out of the building and were running into other area businesses for cover," she said.
Both of the dead men were inside the Detroit barbershop, she said.
Lorne Carter told the Detroit Free Press that he was smoking a cigarette against the wall of a nearby business when he heard what sounded like 30 to 40 shots.
"It sounded rapid," Carter said.
Police used yellow crime tape to cordon off several blocks around the Detroit barbershop shooting scene. A frantic Elaine Williams waited behind the tape to learn the fate of her 29-year-old son, who had gone to the barbershop for a haircut, The Detroit News reported.
"Help me find my son," she cried.
The Detroit barbershop is in a strip mall along a major road on the city's east side. Nearby businesses include a Chinese restaurant, auto repair shops and a convenience store.
Craig said Al's Barbershop is a known illegal gambling spot.
"We're not sure if this was over a bad debt. We have no idea," the police chief said. "We know it's a barbershop and gambling has occurred in this location."
He told reporters that police were looking for two vehicles that the suspects might have been using: a 2004 white Chevrolet Impala that possibly has a broken window and bullet holes in the back, and a 2004 black Impala.
Police questioned witnesses late Wednesday but released no further details of the Detroit barbershop shooting.
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