For Immediate Release 3/29/2017
Southwest Baltimore – Carl Cooper was convicted of one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, three counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of first degree assault, one count of illegally transporting a firearm, and one count of being a felon in possession of a regulated firearm.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Otis Freeman and Cynthia Banks prosecuted the case.
On February 22, 2016 at approximately 1:00 p.m. police responded to a shooting reported at the Walbrook Junction Shopping Center. Police found Hogan McGill, 82, and Martha Gillard, 90, each suffering from a gunshot wound to their right legs.
Investigators reviewed footage of the shooting and saw Cooper approach an unknown individual and open fire. The intended target escaped, but McGill and Gillard were struck by the errant bullets. Cooper then fled the scene on foot.
At trial, Cooper claimed that the man shown firing the gun was not him.
“With the help of police and witnesses, we were able to identify the shooter,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Freeman. “As a prosecutor, it’s always helpful when the community and the police help bring a case like this together.”
Cooper has two previous convictions for attempted murder on his record.
“I’m glad we were able to receive justice for these innocent siblings whose lives were unexpectedly interrupted after living nearly nine decades without having been targets of violence,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This defendant’s reckless disregard for the safety of others is indicative of his penchant for extreme violence, and I hope this final conviction ensures his permanent removal from the streets of Baltimore.”
Cooper is scheduled for sentencing on May 18, 2017. He faces life imprisonment for his crimes.