1 dead, 2 injured in Detroit barber shop shooting - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

1 dead, 2 injured in Detroit barber shop shooting

Posted: Updated:
Jaron Gist was killed in the deadly shooting. Jaron Gist was killed in the deadly shooting.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

An aunt wept Tuesday after her nephew was murdered inside the Visible Change barber shop on the city's west side at Dexter and Joy Roads.  Also inside and also shot were the longtime barber there and a guy from the neighborhood just visiting the shop.

A prayer was offered for that barber, Stanley Kirby, who was shot as many as five times and is in critical condition.  There were also prayers for Gary Anderson, who was shot in the hand.  Both were taken to Henry Ford Hospital.

And there were prayers and sadness for 24-year-old Jaron Gist, also known as J.R.  He died inside the barber shop.  His automatic handgun was found underneath his lifeless body.  It's not clear why anyone would want him dead.

The gunfire may have started outside, and Gist may have run into the barber shop to get away.   He may have fired back with Kirby and Anderson caught in the crossfire.

Numerous shell casings were covered with coffee cups as Detroit Police processed the crime scene.

"Stanley is okay.  Three of them went out, two of them [are] in.  He's talking.  He's stable, but right now he has surgery and we need prayer for his stomach," a woman said.

It appears Kirk and Anderson are expected to be okay, but for Gist's grieving family nothing is okay.  They told us he was a student at Henry Ford Community College.  His own mother was murdered when he was just eight-months-old.  He was a father of six and stepfather to four.  Those children will also grow up as he did without a parent.

The mothers of his children gathered with his aunts, uncles and cousins to mourn, and any peace the old barber chairs once offered to the customers and to the community has been shattered.

"We solve all the world's problems at the barber shop, politics, sports, religion, you name it.  We philosophize.  We do all that stuff, and this is just an unwarranted intrusion into the peace that we have come to know in this community," said barber shop customer Bill Hunter.

Witnesses told investigators they did not recognize the gunman they saw running from the scene.  They're asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:24:06 GMT
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • Three arrested after military reservist killed during carjacking

    Three arrested after military reservist killed during carjacking

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:01:39 GMT
    A third suspect is under arrest in the carjacking and murder of a young man outside the Superland Market at Schoolcraft Road and Rutland Street Monday night.
    A third suspect is under arrest in the carjacking and murder of a young man outside the Superland Market at Schoolcraft Road and Rutland Street Monday night.
  • Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:10:35 GMT
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Worker rescued from trench collapse in Pittsfield Township

    Worker rescued from trench collapse in Pittsfield Township

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:51:01 GMT
    Emergency crews are at the scene of an apparent trench collapse in Pittsfield Township.
    Emergency crews are at the scene of an apparent trench collapse in Pittsfield Township.
  • Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:24:06 GMT
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • How honest are we, Detroit?

    How honest are we, Detroit?

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:45:12 GMT
    A national social experiment took place in Detroit Wednesday and the results will show just how honest we really are.
    A national social experiment took place in Detroit Wednesday and the results will show just how honest we really are.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices