Teen arrested for allegedly firing pellet gun at barber shop
URBANA — Urbana police arrested a teen after he allegedly shot out the window of a barber shop in that city with a pellet gun.
But because the barber and his patrons thought the gun was real, police responded in a big way.
"We showed up with guns drawn," said Lt. Bob Fitzgerald.
Police ended up arresting Reginald Grayson, 18, for criminal damage to property.
Morris Arends, a barber at King's Barber Shop, 104 S. McCullough St., just south of Springfield Avenue, said that about 12:40 p.m. one of the two men in the shop getting a haircut noticed a man across the street with a gun in his hand.
"He said, 'Get in the back and lock the doors,'" Arends said.
The three men did just that, calling police to report that the window of the shop had been shattered with what they thought was a bullet. Police received a call of 'shots fired,' Fitzgerald said.
Grayson allegedly shot out the window of the small shop with a high-powered pellet gun.
Fitzgerald said the gun looks very much like a real weapon, so several police cars responded and surrounded the house across the street from the barber shop to the west where Grayson was.
Arends, who has been a part-time barber at the shop for 18 years, said no one inside was hurt but the incident was scary for the trio.
"We're all okay," he said, adding they stayed in the back for about 35 minutes until police had Grayson in custody.