Teen arrested for allegedly firing pellet gun at barber shop

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.

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rsp wrote on August 03, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Kids may think that it's just a pellet gun but not only will people treat them as if they are carrying a real handgun but someone else due to the trauma could suffer a heart attack and die due to their stupidity. If they don't know how to be responsible with a weapon they shouldn't have it.

Orbiter wrote on August 03, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Adults over-react sometimes too, though, rsp.  I recall one time when I was about 10 yr old and playing cowboys & indians (in less politically-correct days) out in a rural field, and having a passing stranger stop his car to question me about what was just a toy "cap" gun.  Now it's 40 years later and I still remember the wild gesticulations and scolding he dished at me, just a happy kid in the boonies.

Breaking windows, of course, is much more serious, be it by a baseball or a stone or a pellet under accelleration by a spring or puff of air.  So yes, the youth needs to learn a bit of perspective.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 03, 2012 at 7:08 pm

"You will shoot your eye out"; or someone else's if your not careful.  I don't think it was over-reacting on this though.  He is old enough to know that what he was doing is a crime.  He is 18 years old.  Old enough to be in military service to his country.  He should be grateful that some gun-toting citizen did not over-react. 

Wake_Up_People wrote on August 03, 2012 at 8:08 pm

"Gun toting citizen" What a very "liberal" thing to say. 

rsp wrote on August 03, 2012 at 10:08 pm

He's lucky we don't have concealed-carry and somebody with the attitude of shoot first-ask later decide to handle it instead of calling the police. I think that's what they keep calling for isn't it?

Wake_Up_People wrote on August 04, 2012 at 7:08 pm

If you point a gun of any kind at someone, you shouldn't be surprised if you get shot.