Man gets mad in barber shop, shoots toward patron after Newtown school shooting comment


by staff

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 5:29 PM

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV) – Police have charged a man they say became agitated during a barber shop discussion of the Newtown, Conn., shooting and shot in the direction of a patron.

Lester Davis, 57, was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault with a firearm, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police said Davis walked into the All Cuts Barber Shop in the 100 block of West Pearce around 11:40 a.m.

Authorities said a patron made a comment that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School made him want to kill the suspect. For unknown reasons, police say Davis took the comment as a threat and asked, “You want to murder me?”

Davis then allegedly went to his car, retrieved a pistol and fired three times in the customer’s direction.

No one was hurt, but the bullets left several holes in the wall and floor.

Davis was a regular at the barber shop and, according to another customer, is a “really great guy.”

Witnesses said Davis was seen leaving the business holding a gun and entering a black sedan. He then drove from the scene.

According to police, an employee saw the Davis’ vehicle enter the parking lot of the Wentzville Police Department.

Officers were alerted and responded to the scene. The suspect was captured and a gun was recovered from his vehicle.

Davis was transferred to the St. Charles County Adult Detention Facility, where he will be held on a $400,000 cash-only bond.