Shooting at Major League Barbershop


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Helicopters have been circling LoRise and HiRise for the past twenty minutes. No specific details yet: students saw P-Safe telling children and their caretakers in Traverse Square to clear out for safety reasons, because there was just a shooting.

[edit I: 6:35 pm] The shooting took place at Major League Barbershop, at the intersection of Williams and Broad streets (map above). Eyewitness News says that:

“three or four black men wearing red and black entered the barbershop, shot the person, then fled. This isn’t the first time this barbershop has seen gunfire. In 2005, 26-year-old Marcus Perry opened fire at the business.”

Shit! And I have such fond memories of my nonviolent MLB head-shave freshman year.

[edit II: 7:06 pm] Looks like Wesleyan picked the right day to start testing the phone/text security alerts – I just got a text message, robo-call from Dean Mike, and email about the incident with the following info, as well as worried phone calls from three separate family members who assumed I was there and barely escaped with my life:

Middletown Police has notified Public Safety that a shooting occurred off campus on William St between Broad and Main streets at approximately 5:25pm today 10/1/08. 5-7 individuals fled the area and several possible subjects have been stopped. There are no Wesleyan community members believed to have been involved in this and Public Safety has deployed several officers in the area while Middletown Police continue their search for suspects.

Brrrr! Probably not the best day for Middletown bar night. Although from my ostensibly safe two-block distance from the MLB crime scene, I will say it is pretty funny that the alleged perpetrators were wearing Wesleyan colors. More details as they come.

[edit III: 9:51 pm]
P-Safe update:

Middletown Police with the assistance of Public Safety and State Police helicopters have completed the search of the area for possible suspects in this incident and there is no imminent threat to the Wesleyan community. Middletown Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting of one individual and anyone with any information is asked to contact them at 860-344-3200.

Also, Middletown Eye says that the only damage was one man shot in the leg, who was taken to the hospital. So you can tell your parents that yeah, there was a gang shooting two blocks off campus, but at least nobody’s dead.

Photo below from Ed McKeon, at the scene earlier today:

50 thoughts on “Shooting at Major League Barbershop

  1. Sheek

    This post was my immediate reaction to news about the shooting, and from my distance I admit I didn’t put much thought towards general propriety. I certainly didn’t intend to make light of the suffering of Middletown residents (or of Wesleyan students, for that matter).I hope there won’t be a next time, but if so I’ll approach it more sensitively.

  2. Sheek

    This post was my immediate reaction to news about the shooting, and from my distance I admit I didn’t put much thought towards general propriety. I certainly didn’t intend to make light of the suffering of Middletown residents (or of Wesleyan students, for that matter).

    I hope there won’t be a next time, but if so I’ll approach it more sensitively.

  3. Anonymous

    Sheek the way you handled this was really not cool. It’s not about whether or not other people find your personal reaction to violence “offensive”, it’s the the fact that you need to be respectful in a public forum because real people were affected, real people are upset, real people are hurt by reading you make light of their pain. please, next time, be careful and considerate.

  4. Anonymous

    Sheek the way you handled this was really not cool. It’s not about whether or not other people find your personal reaction to violence “offensive”, it’s the the fact that you need to be respectful in a public forum because real people were affected, real people are upset, real people are hurt by reading you make light of their pain. please, next time, be careful and considerate.

  5. Anonymous

    12:43’s views absolutely do not represent the views of the Wesleyan community. Shame, shame, shame.

  6. Anonymous

    12:43’s views absolutely do not represent the views of the Wesleyan community. Shame, shame, shame.

  7. Sheek

    Hey just to clarify here, I live in LoRise, which is right up the block from MLB. Red and Black/Broad Street Books is right across the street from MLB. And if you ever walk into town, MLB is on the way. I’ve gotten a haircut there. It’s not in some far corner of Middletown, and this definitely affects students – especially those living in junior apartments. So to 12:43 I say… GTFO frosh.And 12:31, many people on campus (myself included) have no direct experience with this kind of violence, so it was a bewildering incident. Sometimes when scary shit happens, you make jokes. Sorry if this offends you.

  8. Sheek

    Hey just to clarify here, I live in LoRise, which is right up the block from MLB. Red and Black/Broad Street Books is right across the street from MLB. And if you ever walk into town, MLB is on the way. I’ve gotten a haircut there. It’s not in some far corner of Middletown, and this definitely affects students – especially those living in junior apartments. So to 12:43 I say… GTFO frosh.

    And 12:31, many people on campus (myself included) have no direct experience with this kind of violence, so it was a bewildering incident. Sometimes when scary shit happens, you make jokes. Sorry if this offends you.

  9. Anonymous

    whew. this is why anon. things like wesleying make me so upset. I am so pained by someone saying this is happening 1,000 miles away and I am so pained that there was so much light heartedness around this post on wesleying. while its not my place to apologize to the person who is a middletown res, I almost want to…not as students or wesleyan students or whatever but as people i honestly think we can do better than this.

  10. Anonymous

    whew. this is why anon. things like wesleying make me so upset. I am so pained by someone saying this is happening 1,000 miles away and I am so pained that there was so much light heartedness around this post on wesleying. while its not my place to apologize to the person who is a middletown res, I almost want to…not as students or wesleyan students or whatever but as people i honestly think we can do better than this.

  11. Anonymous

    1:03 – while the person you’re responding to is a wesleyan student, please don’t think ze represents all of us. many weskids consider middletown a home and I’m sure that if poster 12:43 had to actually face those crying kids, ze wouldn’t be so flip.

  12. Anonymous

    1:03 – while the person you’re responding to is a wesleyan student, please don’t think ze represents all of us. many weskids consider middletown a home and I’m sure that if poster 12:43 had to actually face those crying kids, ze wouldn’t be so flip.

  13. Townie

    I am a townie. Listen to my words. This man, known in the streets as “Buddha” who got shot yesterday was a dude who kept it real even when it went wrong. But more to the point, I was asked recently “why do townies hate wesleyan kids” and I couldn’t really think of a good answer… now I have one, thanks to this wesleyan douchebag for giving us this delightful piece of inconsideracy:”its equivalent to it happening 1,000 miles away”really?! homey, it happened a block away from you… but its the equivalent of 1,000 miles away? You have just literally told me that you guys are in an ivory tower and couldn’t give less of a shit about our lives. Should we, in turn, give a fuck about yours? Methinks not.P.S. enjoy the cocaine you all sniff all the time

  14. Townie

    I am a townie. Listen to my words. This man, known in the streets as “Buddha” who got shot yesterday was a dude who kept it real even when it went wrong. But more to the point, I was asked recently “why do townies hate wesleyan kids” and I couldn’t really think of a good answer… now I have one, thanks to this wesleyan douchebag for giving us this delightful piece of inconsideracy:

    “its equivalent to it happening 1,000 miles away”

    really?! homey, it happened a block away from you… but its the equivalent of 1,000 miles away? You have just literally told me that you guys are in an ivory tower and couldn’t give less of a shit about our lives. Should we, in turn, give a fuck about yours? Methinks not.

    P.S. enjoy the cocaine you all sniff all the time

  15. Anonymous

    12:31…people are posting those types of comments because the wesleyan community was not affected. lighten up a bit. of course it was a lot more scary for the tsquare kids. of course it was a horrible that that happened. however, it wasnt wes-related, which means its equivalent to it happening 1,000 miles away, for what its worth. yes it happened in middletown, but it really has nothing to do with wes people. it’s not like this blog is middletowning… its wesleying.

  16. Anonymous

    12:31…

    people are posting those types of comments because the wesleyan community was not affected. lighten up a bit. of course it was a lot more scary for the tsquare kids. of course it was a horrible that that happened. however, it wasnt wes-related, which means its equivalent to it happening 1,000 miles away, for what its worth.

    yes it happened in middletown, but it really has nothing to do with wes people. it’s not like this blog is middletowning… its wesleying.

  17. Anonymous

    not to be self-righteous or anything, but the jokes and the lighthearted undertones of this post and some of these comments are kinda disturbing. a bunch of the kids at tsquare were crying because they have family members who work at the barbershop. so maybe be a little more sensitive to what happened?

  18. Anonymous

    not to be self-righteous or anything, but the jokes and the lighthearted undertones of this post and some of these comments are kinda disturbing. a bunch of the kids at tsquare were crying because they have family members who work at the barbershop. so maybe be a little more sensitive to what happened?

  19. Anonymous

    All I want to do is BANG BANG BANG BANG!And KA-CHING!And take your moneyAll I want to do is BANG BANG BANG BANG!And KA-CHING!And take your money

  20. Anonymous

    All I want to do is BANG BANG BANG BANG!
    And KA-CHING!
    And take your money

    All I want to do is BANG BANG BANG BANG!
    And KA-CHING!
    And take your money

  21. spazeboy

    You’re right anon 7:55. It may be overkill for me, but for the majority of students who could be anywhere on or near campus, it is important to make sure that everyone is reached.Should the university consider filtering out who gets these notifications in the future? I don’t think that parents should be notified about incidents like this one, that do not involve students directly. On the other hand, contacting parents is but one more way to get in touch with students.

  22. spazeboy

    You’re right anon 7:55. It may be overkill for me, but for the majority of students who could be anywhere on or near campus, it is important to make sure that everyone is reached.

    Should the university consider filtering out who gets these notifications in the future? I don’t think that parents should be notified about incidents like this one, that do not involve students directly. On the other hand, contacting parents is but one more way to get in touch with students.

  23. Anonymous

    stay indoors for the rest of the year!seriously, wesleyan, thanks for calling my parents before calling me.

  24. Anonymous

    stay indoors for the rest of the year!

    seriously, wesleyan, thanks for calling my parents before calling me.

  25. spazeboy

    I received the following notifications about this shooting within the past 30 minutes:1 e-mail from PSAFE1 text message1 robo-call from Mike Whaley to my cell phone1 robo-call from Mike Whaley to my home phoneI live off campus, so I can be reached just as easily at my home or cell phone unless I’m on campus for classes.Since nearly everyone else lives on campus, I wonder if parents are getting calls at home with pre-recorded messages from Dean Mike telling them about a shooting near campus…

  26. spazeboy

    I received the following notifications about this shooting within the past 30 minutes:

    1 e-mail from PSAFE
    1 text message
    1 robo-call from Mike Whaley to my cell phone
    1 robo-call from Mike Whaley to my home phone

    I live off campus, so I can be reached just as easily at my home or cell phone unless I’m on campus for classes.

    Since nearly everyone else lives on campus, I wonder if parents are getting calls at home with pre-recorded messages from Dean Mike telling them about a shooting near campus…

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