Mourning#039;s barbershop scene of double murder

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 8, 2003

MIAMI -- Three or four hooded gunmen walked into a barbershop co-owned by NBA star Alonzo Mourning and killed two men who had just gotten haircuts, police said.

''Both were shot in the head. It seems like a message,'' police Lt. Lorenzo Whitehead said. No one else was injured in the shooting Saturday, including a 1-year-old child who was with one of the victims.

The victims were identified as Emmett Greene, 27, and Alexander Harris, whose age was not available Sunday night.

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The Cutz barbershop is owned by Mourning, a former Miami Heat center now with the New Jersey Nets, and barber Peter Bethel.

Mourning's agent, Jeff Wechsler, did not immediately return a call Sunday. There is no phone listing for Bethel in Miami.

The shop has attracted upscale restaurants and businesses in the redeveloped neighborhood in northern Miami.

''This is a really classy spot. A lot of celebrities come here,'' said Paul Jenkins, a regular Cutz customer. ''Nothing would ever indicate that this would happen here.''