- January 26, 2023
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John Badman|The Telegraph Alton Fire Department paramedics rush a man to a waiting ambulance outside of Fresh Cuts IV Life barber shop, 1637 Washington Ave. in Alton, after he was reportedly shot two times inside the store Friday evening. Police were searching for the gunman Friday night.
John Badman|The Telegraph A man, who reportedly was inside the barber shop during the shooting, cries as he talks to someone on his phone about the shooting that injured one Friday evening.
John Badman|The Telegraph Alton detectives and uniformed police officers confer outside the Fresh Cuts IV Life barber shop Friday evening following a shooting.
John Badman|The Telegraph ARCH Air Medical Services ambulance crews load a shooting victim into a helicopter at Alton Memorial Hospital Friday evening for transport to a St. Louis trauma center.
John Badman|The Telegraph Employees inside the store begin cleaning up after the shooting.
John Badman|The Telegraph An Alton Police canine unit ran a track from the front of the store but did not locate a suspect.
ALTON — A man believed to be about 20 years old was reportedly shot two times Friday evening inside the Fresh Cuts IV Life barber shop at 1637 Washington Ave. in Alton.
Police and firefighters received the call at about 5 p.m. Friday and responded to the business in the Washigton Plaza shopping center. Police sealed off the area and began a canine search from the front of the shop heading east toward Main Street, but it was unsucessful.
Paramedics worked for nearly 25 minutes in the rear of the shop where the victim lay before he was transported to Alton Memorial Hospital to meet an ARCH Air Medical Services helicopter ambulance which had been called to meet firefighters.
The shooting victim was reportedly shot twice and lost a lot of blood but was conscious when he was removed from the shop. He was airlifted at about 5:50 p.m. Friday to a St. Louis trauma center for surgery.
Outside of the shop a man with blood on his clothing, who reportedly had been inside the store, made a phone call and wept as he described the incident. Employees inside the store began cleaning up a carry-out food order that had been spilled on the floor.
Alton Police photographed the scene and on Friday night were searching for a suspect reported to be dressed all in black with a mask of some type covering their face. Police also obtained decriptions of two possible vehicles of interest that had been in the area.
John Badman is a 1982 graduate of SIU-Carbondale, with a major in cinema and photography and a minor in law enforcement administration of justice. He has worked at The Telegraph in Alton full-time for 39 years and has been named the National Press Photographers Association’s Region-5 Photographer of the Year six times.