Ex-employee stabs 2 barbers in Southern California before victim shoots him to death – The Mercury News

An ex-employee of a Riverside barbershop stabbed two former co-workers before being shot to death by one of his victims on Friday evening, May 21, the Riverside Police Department said.
The victims suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Officer Ryan Railsback, a department spokesman, said Saturday.
“Our barbers are okay and safe, just healing today,” read a sign posted Saturday on the front of Carlos Barber Shop at 3470 La Sierra Ave.
The Riverside County Coroner’s Office and Railsback identified the assailant as Joseph Anthony Jimenez, 33, of Riverside. Railsback said Saturday that Jimenez is a former barbershop employee.
The State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology website says Jimenez was issued a license on Feb. 28, 2018, that was still active at the time of his death.
Customers arriving at the shop for a haircut Saturday were surprised to see that it was closed, unaware of the attack the night before. One motorist snapped a photo of the shop using his cell phone as he rolled by. A window that had been pierced by a bullet was boarded up.
The sign also said that employees planned to reopen on Sunday. A manager at the Carlos Barber Shop on Van Buren Boulevard, where customers were lined up out the door, declined to comment on the attack.
Railsback said that about 6:40 p.m., a man entered the shop and started an altercation. He then stabbed one man, and when a second man intervened, he was stabbed as well.

The second victim then got a gun and fired at the attacker.
“The suspect collapsed right outside the business,” Railsback said.
Jimenez was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died at 7:27 p.m., the coroner said.
Detectives have not determined a motive for the attack, Railsback said. Detectives considered the shooting to be self-defense, although the District Attorney’s Office will have the final say on whether charges are filed against the shooter.
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