Second angle of barbershop shooting released as CWP holder speaks on incident

Published: Jan. 27, 2016 at 8:45 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2016 at 10:17 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A second angle now gives us a new view of what happened on the night that a pair of concealed weapons permit holders shot and killed an armed robbery suspect at a Fort Jackson Boulevard barbershop.

The incident happened at 7 p.m. Saturday at Next Up Barber and Beauty near Garners Ferry Road. 

A pair of armed robbers entered the busy shop wearing masks and demanded money. Several of the customers complied, but one man pulled out his concealed weapon and opened fire.

One of the suspects, Adeyemi Herschelle Hannibal, was struck by several bullets and attempted to escape. However, he died a short time later outside of the business.

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the shooting.

The owners of the barbershop originally released one angle showing the firefight unfold.

This new angle shows more of the aftermath of the shootout. After one of the men opened fire, you can clearly see a small child being yanked out of the barber chair by one of the people inside the shop.

The child hits the ground and is covered up by the person. After the bullets stopped, the child gets up and walks into the arms of a woman a few feet away.

Billy Bookman, a worker at the shop, was one of the two CWP holders who pulled out a gun. He said he'd been in a similar situation like this one before almost two years ago. However, he was unable to respond back then because he was told to lie on the floor by two armed robbers.

Bookman says this time, though, he's glad he had his CWP and reacted the way he did.

"I never knew what would have happened if I didn't have it," Bookman said. "Because the guy was just running around here, demanding money and yelling and stuff like that, so I don't know what would have happened if I didn't have it."

Bookman says owning a CWP for him is all about protecting others and protecting himself. He also believes others, like fellow business owners, should at least look into it.

"Somebody might could save my life one day," Bookman said. "So I think more people should have it."

Brian Sweat, a CWP trainer at Shooter's Choice in Columbia, taught the other CWP holder in the video. He analyzed the video and said his student did everything correctly.

Initially the victim was submissive, but once he felt it was safe to do so, he quickly took action. Sweat says if the victim had not reacted the way he did, there's a chance people in that barbershop could have been killed.

"Everybody was being submissive until the right time and when he stood up and started shooting that was textbook perfect," Sweat said.

Sweat says the victim also excelled in not only keeping himself safe, but the entire room.

"One thing you don't want to do is shoot them in the leg or shoot to wound things like that," Sweat said. "If someone is coming in there threatening your life you want to take their life. What he did at the right time was perfect."

The Columbia Police Department is still investigating this case. They say one other man, who has not been identified, is still on the run. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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