Fired Employee Shot and Killed Former Boss: Dallas Police

Barbershop owner had only owned the business three weeks.

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    Dallas police say shortly after he was fired, Charles Hooks (left) shot and killed his former boss, Alejandro Fernandez (right), at Ramon's Barber Shop on Friday. (Published Saturday, Jun 22, 2013)

    Dallas police say a man who was fired from his job at a barber shop shot his former boss late Friday afternoon.

    Just after 5 p.m. Dallas police officers were called to a shooting at Ramon's Barber Shop in the 300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard.

    Dallas police said 30-year-old Charles Hooks knocked on the back door of the barber shop and was let in by a customer. Police said he went up to 29-year-old Alejandro "Alex" Fernandez , who was cutting someone's hair, and shot him in the chest.

    Hooks had been fired by Fernandez earlier in the day according to police.

    Fernandez was taken to Methodist Central Hospital where he later died.

    Hooks was arrested a short time after the shooting. He has been charged with murder and his bond is set at $250,000.

    Shooting Victim Was Building His Business

    Fernandez was the new owner of the longtime Oak Cliff barber shop. He'd bought Ramon's Barber Shop about three weeks ago according to friends.

    Linda Jones who worked nearby said she was fond of her new neighbor.

    "He had told me he had just bought the business and he really wanted to make it grow,” said Jones. "For this young man to take his life the way he did, it just doesn't make any sense at all."

    Fernandez was a married father of two with another child on the way. Friends say he owned another barber shop in town called Ace Chop Shop.

    "I can only tell you he had great girls," said family friend Caroline Lozano. "His wife was amazing. They stood by him. He was expanding his business and the fact he was growing as a businessman and he was doing a great job at it and he had a lot of potential and his life was taken."