Witness: Florida barber killed for not giving $2 haircut

Posted at 9:07 PM, Apr 16, 2017

(WKMG/CNN) - A witness to a fatal shooting in Central Florida said a man killed a barber because he would not give the suspect a $2 haircut.

Witness Nicole Russell told WKMG-TV that the shooter, later identified as Ryan Thornhill, 36 of Tavares, Fla., told the barber, Wilfredo Nieves, 39,  he had $2, which he wanted to exchange for a haircut.


Russell said Nieves replied by saying he needed to come up with $8 more because a haircut costs $10.

There was a disagreement over the charge for the haircut and somehow that led to the shooting.

"He's real nice," said witness Nicole Russell. "He's kindhearted. He's doing the right thing. He's got his own business to try to earn money for his kids and his family."

A nearby business owner said Nieves is a husband and a father from Puerto Rico.

Russell said the victim was so popular that people drove across Central Florida to visit his barbershop.

"They come from Orlando, Sanford -- everywhere to get a haircut from him because he's that good," Russell said.

Thornhill was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center late Friday and then taken to the Lake County Jail on Saturday morning, according to WESH-TV.

Thornhill is charged with one count of first-degree premeditated murder and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Courtesy: WKMG via CNN Newsource