Posted on June 14, 2022

‘It Wasn’t Even a Bad Cut’: Customer Upset Over Haircut Shoots KC Barbershop Owner

Nathan Vickers, KCTV, June 9, 2022

A local barber survived a shooting late last week after an angry customer allegedly opened fire.

Dráque Murff, the owner of Dráque’s Barbershop on 39th Street, was home recovering Thursday. He told KCTV5 the man had come to his shop last week and asked for a discounted haircut. One of the barbers at the shop agreed. But Murff said that, after the trim, the man complained about it.

“It wasn’t even a bad cut,” Murff said. “He did a really good job with it. The man just wanted it for free.”

The next day the man returned, looking for the barber. When Murff told him the barber wasn’t there, the man became agitated. Murff said the customer pulled a gun.

“I started running,” he said. “But then, I got shot in the back.”


He said the other barbers had caught up by then and joined in to help. Lalo the Barber, who has a chair in Dráque’s, said they eventually got the gun away.


Police later arrested the alleged shooter. Vernie Dickens has been booked in the Jackson County Detention Center.

Vernie Dickens

Vernie Dickens