For Immediate Release 5/18/2017
Carl Cooper was convicted to life suspend all but 50 years plus 10 years to run consecutive to the life sentence for one count of attempted first degree murder, three 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.
Cooper has two previous convictions for attempted murder on his record.
“This sentencing ensures that Cooper, a violent repeat offender, will never endanger our communities again,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This perpetrator has a high propensity to commit violent acts with no regard for the impact of his behavior on innocent bystanders. Our City is that much safer without Cooper freely living among us.”