ANDERSON, Ind. (Nov. 27, 2014)-- Two barbershop employees were attacked and one was killed in Anderson early Thursday morning.
Anderson police say Divine Styles-n-Cuts employees were at the store located in the 600 block of West 22nd Street after hours watching a game when they were attacked.
When police arrived on the scene, they found Brandon Boone, 24, located in the front yard of a neighboring residence. He was suffering from a single gunshot wound. Boone was transported to St. Vincent's Anderson Hospital and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
"You took away a father of two children, a brother and my son," said Tina Boone-Turner, Brandon's mother.
Boone and his brother, Jaysson Streaty, were visiting the barber shop where Streaty is employed. While the shop was not officially open for business, the owner of the shop, James Hurd, was cutting Boone's hair while Streaty watched television in the reception area.
"He's very protective, and I honestly believe what happened that night was from him protecting his brother," said Boone-Turner.
Two unidentified suspects approached the shop and attempted to enter. Hurd told them they were closed, and the suspects appeared to leave. Seconds later, the suspects reemerged and kicked in the front door.
"I've been here over 17 years and it's the first time that I' ve seen the barber shop robbed like that," said Lt. John Branson, Anderson Police Dept.
One suspect was armed with a baseball bat, while the other had a handgun. Streaty was struck on or near the head with the baseball bat. The second suspect, holding the gun, began demanding money from Hurd and Boone.
"We are going to work it until we find out who did it," said Lt. Branson.
Hurd provided the suspect with money from his pockets. Boone told the suspect that he did not have money and moved toward the restroom. Boone was then shot in the back.
The Anderson Police Department increased patrols on Thursday.
"When something like this happens, it's so unexpected and we definitely want to keep our eyes open for anything," said Lt. Branson.
Neighbors say they are unsettled because the centerpiece of their community was targeted so violently.
"I got a big question mark over my head. Why did this need to happen," said Christian White.
"Things have been happening in the neighborhood that usually don’t happen," said neighbor Annie Moore.
Hurd fled the business, running across the street and found refuge in some bushes. The suspects fled the scene and Hurd returned to the business.
Streaty was taken to St. Vincent's Anderson Hospital and treated for blunt-force trauma to the head and face from the baseball bat. He has since been released.
Neither suspect has been apprehended. Anderson police say they are both described as African-American males, both wearing all dark clothing and ski masks. They were last seen running east-bound from the location of the incident.
Anyone with information should contact Det. Norman Rayford at 765-648-6758 or Crime Stoppers at 765-649-8310.