An argument over whether or not Halle Berry should play Aretha Franklin in a movie led to a shooting outside of a barbershop in Virginia.
Michael Jermell Hatton, 44, was hit with multiple felony charges in the shooting of Tony Jonathan Lundy, 47, according to WTKR in Norfolk. The shooting happened in Suffolk, around 10:45 a.m., just a few hours after reports emerged that the R&B legend had died at 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Harvey Clark watched the squabble escalate, he told WVEC in Norfolk.
“They were talking about Halle Berry playing the part of Aretha Franklin in a movie," Clark said. "That’s when I asked the question, ‘How is Aretha doing?’, And they said she died five minutes ago.”
The argument became so heated, Clark said, that the men ended up grappling each other on the floor. Lundy repeatedly punched Hatton in the head, according to Clark, and Hatton said, "I’ll give you a pass on this one."
But that didn't end the confrontation. Once the men were separated, the witness said Lundy went back for more action.
“(Lundy) looked like he was coming back, so (Hatton) reached for his gun and (Lundy) ran,” Clark said.
Hatton followed Lundy outside, and everyone in the shop watched from the window in shock, Clark said.
“The way his arm was elevated I was assuming he was shooting over his head, but when I walked out there I saw (Lundy) bleeding, and then I saw him fall down on the ground and I said, ‘Oh man, he’s dead,” Clark said.
After the shooting, Clark said, Hatton walked up to Lundy and pressed the gun against his head.
Another witness told Clark, "Oh my God, don't shoot him man, don't shoot him," according to WVEC. Then, Hatton walked away.
Emergency workers came to the scene and treated both men. Lundy is in critical condition, according to WTKR.
Hatton was hit with a slew of charges including aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and discharge of a firearm in public with an injury.
[Photo: Suffolk Police Department]