Craig Carlock, the owner of Barbershop 67, is dealing with the violent death of his friend and employee while police investigate his homicide.
Carlock's profession is in IT and he works for an engineer firm, but his heart is in running his own barbershop like his dad.
"Whether you live in an urban or suburban area, everyone's deserves quality service," he said.
Naysayers told him Troost Avenue lacked life for a new business and that crime would be a problem, but Craig grew up near in the area and saw potential in his old neighborhood.
"It's just unfortunate. Even with your best efforts, sometimes life happens, you have to move on," Carlock said.
Wednesday night's deadly shooting of one of his employees, and friend, crushed his good intentions. A customer found the man lying on the floor of the business near 34th Street and Troost Avenue and called 911. The man, in his 50s, was believed to be a barber at the shop. Although police have yet to release his name, Craig said it was his employee Joe Jackson who had only worked there for a month.
Carlock wasn't at his business when the shooting happened but he believes Jackson used the buzzer to allow someone into the shop just as they were closing at 6 p.m. He believes the person was a stranger to Jackson and that person shot him to rob him.
"Sometimes people are in your life for a long time and they make a huge impact and sometimes they are in your life for a short time and can make just as much of an impact. I think Joe made that impact on the shop," Carlock said.
He spent all morning trying to erase the thoughts from his mind and from his barbershop floor. But he hasn't given up on the area - he's keeping his business open.
"Were just going to take it, I'd like to say one step at a time but maybe that's too ambitious - maybe one inch at a time to get back to some sort of normalcy, if that's even possible, because our course has been altered," he said.
Kansas City Police have some leads and are questioning someone at this time. Police have not said if robbery was the motive.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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KANSAS CITY POLICE SAY A MAN IN HIS 50'S WAS SHOT AND KILLED LAST NIGHT AT A BARBERSHOP NEAR 34TH AND TROOST.
A CUSTOMER SAW THE MAN LYING ON THE FLOOR AND CALLED 9-1-1.
INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY THAT ROBBERY WAS A MOTIVE FOR MURDER.
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POLICE BELIEVE THE VICTIM WAS A BARBER WHO WORKED AT THE SHOP FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS.
IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT EITHER OF THESE SHOOTINGS -- CALL THE TIPS HOTLINE AT 816 474 TIPS.
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