COLUMBIA, S.C. — One of two masked men who allegedly robbed patrons at the Next Up Barber shop on Ft. Jackson Boulevard Friday night was shot and killed when two of the patrons pulled weapons and shot at the suspects, Columbia police said.

The two victims who shot at the suspects had “valid concealed weapons permits,” Columbia police chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release late Friday night.

Witnesses told police that the two armed robbers entered the barber shop before 7 p.m. where several victims, including children, were gathered.

The two men demanded and took money from several victims before two patrons shot at them.

“One of the suspects was shot multiple times before running from the business and collapsing outside,” Holbrook said. Another suspect, who may also have been shot, escaped the scene and was being sought.

None of the victims at the barber shop was injured, police said.

A gun used by one of the suspects was reported stolen from South Columbia home in 2012, Holbrook said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, text CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC” followed by the tip information, or log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.

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