Detroit shooting leaves HFCC student dead, 2 others in hospital

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Detroit Police are looking for an unknown suspect who allegedly killed one Henry Ford Community College student and wounded two other people July 31 in Detroit.

Henry Ford Community College business student JaRon Gist, 25, died after being shot inside Visible Change, a barber shop on Joy Road and Dexter Boulevard, Detroit Police Officer Phillip Cook said.

“The 25-year-old victim came into the barbershop trying to escape,” Cook said. “That is where the exchange of gunfire took place.”

Cook said the two others wounded, customer Gary Anderson, 47, and barber Stanley Kirby, 59, were caught in the crossfire and shot. Cook did not release where the men were shot but he said the shooting was enough to list Kirby in critical condition and Anderson in serious condition. According to a published report Kirby is at Henry Ford Hospital; information was not available on which hospital Cook is staying at.

Cook said police have not found a motive for the shooting.

According to a published report Kirby was shot in the chest and abdomen, and Anderson was shot in the hand. Also according to the published report Gist was in a barber chair after getting his hair cut and went outside toward his car when he saw someone coming after him. When he went back into the barber shop gunfire was exchanged; Witnesses also said Gist had a gun and shot back at the gunman according to the report.

Henry Ford Community College President Gail Mee said in a statement that she was saddened to learn about the death of Gist.

“Mr. Gist was working towards a degree in Business Administration,” Mee said. “His untimely passing cut short what was surely a bright future. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family.”

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