Wednesday, December 19, 2012
An African-American barber shop patron who fired three times at another customer discussing the Connecticut school shooting has been charged with three felonies
Lester Davis, 57, is facing charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a weapon. Davis was at the All Cuts Barber Shop with five other people. One of the patrons was discussing the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and commented that the incident "makes me want to murder the suspect," police said. For unknown reasons, Davis took the comment as a threat and asked, "You want to murder me?" Davis then walked out to his Volkswagen sedan, retrieved a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and fired three times in the customer's direction, police said. Davis said "I'll let you slide," walked out of the barber shop and drove off in his car, police said. According to court records, Davis is a felon, convicted of second-degree homicide and unlawful possession of a weapon in Middlesex County, N.J., in 1975. Records further state that he has been involved in numerous verbal altercations with neighbors, resulting in an order of protection being issued against him. He told police that the gun he used belongs to his wife. Bail in Davis' case is set at $400,000 cash only.