Man fatally shot outside barbershop

July 15, 2009 12:32:54 PM PDT
A 23-year-old Bay Point man was fatally shot outside a barbershop in Pittsburg on Tuesday during what appears to have been an attempted robbery gone bad, Pittsburg police Lt. Brian Addington said today.

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At about 2:45 p.m. police received a report of a shooting in the 200 block of East 10th Street.

When they arrived, officers found Eric Pree Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Addington said.

Police talked to witnesses and learned that shortly before the shooting, a man wearing a mask and carrying a gun had entered Cuttin' Up barber shop at 260 E. 10th St. and attempted to rob it.

The owner, an employee and two customers were in the barbershop when the gunman entered and at least two of the victims got into a violent struggle with him.

Meanwhile, a woman sitting out in front of a different barbershop just down the street heard the commotion inside Cuttin' Up and told people inside the other barber shop about it.

Pree, a relative of the owner of Cuttin' Up, was one of those people in the second barbershop, and he and several others stepped outside to see what was going on, Addington said.

As Pree approached Cuttin' Up, the gunman ran outside, turned and fired at the group, hitting Pree in the head, Addington said.

The gunman then got into the passenger side of a compact silver sedan and fled. The car was last seen headed east on 10th Street.

The shooter is described as a slender black man in his late teens to early 20s, standing about 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall with short, black hair.

Witnesses were unable to provide a description of the driver.

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