CARLISLE – Borough police confirmed on Saturday evening that one person was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at a downtown barbershop earlier in the evening.
The names of the victims had not been released early Sunday morning, as police and forensic teams remained at the scene.
According to a statement posted on the Carlisle Police Department’s Facebook page, officers were dispatched to the GQ barber shop at 128 N. Hanover St. around 7:30 p.m. over several reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victims. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the second was rushed to hospital in what the statement called critical condition.
Police said the gunman escaped and was not in custody, although they added preliminary indications indicate the shooting was an isolated incident.
Sgt. Josh Bucher said police are still trying to confirm if anyone else was inside the store at the time of the attack and speak to them as the investigation proceeds.
“We are looking for someone who could have been inside. It was obviously chaotic when we got here. That’s why we always try to talk to anyone who may have been there or around when this happened, ”he said.
The sergeant said the first indications were that all shots had been fired inside the store.
The surrounding area, which sits right on one of Carlisle’s main thoroughfares, just over a block north of Town Square, was lively on a balmy weekend evening with people using sidewalk tables at several nearby restaurants and bars.
Police banned traffic from the block immediately after the shooting, but none of the establishments closed. Live music echoed with one of them as patrons stood on the sidewalk watching the police activity or ignored it altogether and continued their revelry.
Bucher could not publish any description of the shooter nor any information on the type of weapon used.
The curtains of the barber shop were closed, but her sign continued to flash “Open”. A yellow crime scene tape was stretched across the front of the building.
At 10:20 p.m. Saturday, a woman appeared at the scene and was prevented by police from entering the barber shop. She started yelling “No” as several men pushed her further down the block.
According to state licensing records, the Carlisle store is officially known as the GQ III Barber Shop. The licensee of the store is listed as Kendell Cook. It was not clear whether Cook, whose own Facebook page says he lives in Harrisburg, was at the store on Saturday.
Anyone with information or possible video footage is urged to contact the Carlisle Police Department at 717-243-5252 or submit a tip through our Crime Watch site.