A barber in the middle of giving a customer a haircut was shot to death last night in his Greenmount Avenue shop in an apparent robbery attempt, Baltimore homicide detectives said.
Two Northern District officers on patrol at Greenmount and 31st Street heard two gunshots about 6:30 p.m. and chased two men they saw running from the barbershop in the 3000 block of Greenmount, but lost them, police said.
Neither the barber nor his customer -- who police said was "scared half to death" by the shooting -- was identified by the detectives.
Police also said that they had not located relatives of the barber, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives said that at least two men entered the shop and demanded money and that the barber was shot when he refused.