Police ID man shot outside Charleston barbershop

Man loaded into ambulance outside Columbus street barber shop. (Photo: Glenn Smith)

An argument over a woman apparently sparked a shooting in which a 30-year-old man was blasted twice in the buttocks Monday afternoon, Charleston police said.

Bernard Blunt, of Hanover Street, was shot outside 75 Columbus St. during the 12:30 p.m. incident, police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Police Lt. Charles Hawkins, the team commander who oversees the area, said Blunt told officers he was inside the Top of the Line barbershop when another man approached and asked him to step outside.

Once outside, a discussion between the men turned into an argument over a woman, Hawkins said.

The other man pulled out a gun and shot Blunt twice in the backside, he said.

Nearby resident Brenda Cook said she heard two shots, which she at first thought were firecrackers. When she came outside, she saw police officers and people talking about a man being shot.

Police officers swarmed the busy street, which cuts through the heart of the East Side neighborhood, and quickly sealed the crime scene with yellow tape. Lunchtime traffic backed up as an ambulance arrived to take Blunt to Medical University Hospital for treatment.

The victim grumbled and groaned as paramedics helped him from the barbershop and onto a waiting stretcher. His wounds were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The gunman fled from the area after the shooting, and police were still searching for him late Monday.

Reach Glenn Smith at 937-5556 or Twitter.com/glennsmith5.

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