Man arrested in shooting of 2 elderly siblings

Posted at 4:04 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 23:22:51-05

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The man declared by Baltimore Police as Public Enemy No. 1 for the Feb. 22 shooting of two elderly siblings was arrested in Fayetteville, N.C. 

"It's nice to know that when we do have such a person who commits such an egregious shocking crime of shooting two elderly people, that we can all stand together and just collectively resolve to find him and apprehend him," Commissioner Kevin Davis said. 

Police said Carl Cooper will be brought back to Baltimore to face charges of attempted murder, assault and other offenses. 

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Police said Cooper, 36, shot a 90-year-old woman and her 82-year-old brother while they were walking toward a bus stop across from the Walbrook Junction Shopping Center last month.

"Bullets don't have no names on them so you take a chance wherever you go," 89-year-old Rudolph Hutto, who frequents the shopping center, told ABC2. 

There are no details available on the circumstances of Cooper's arrest, but police said he was taken into custody without incident by the U.S. Marshals Service. 

"When we need to go out of the city and out of the state to catch somebody, we get 150% cooperation from the U.S. Marshals Service," Davis said. 

The victims have requested privacy at this time, but have released the following statement:

“The McGill and Gilliard families are again thankful to everyone for their support. We are grateful to the Baltimore City Police Department as a whole and especially the officers and detectives who worked diligently on this case. We also want to thank each and every person who offered the countless numbers of tips for the police to be able to successfully name a suspect.   This process has been both physically and mentally challenging for all involved. Now we look to the justice system to do its work. But we also pray the suspect gets the help that is required. 


Police said how quickly Cooper is brought back depends on if he decides to fight or waive extradition. 

"We look forward to welcoming Carl Cooper back to Baltimore," Davis said. 

The Commissioner said they would not have identified Cooper or tracked him down without the help of the public. 

"Keep it up. It's encouraging for us and we resolve to do a better job communicating when we're assisted by folks in the community. So each and every time someone in the community helps us solve a crime or bring a bad guy to justice, we need to communicate that. That's why it's so important for us to thank our city, to thank our residents because they did step up," he said. 

"We had a number of tips from people who wanted to simply give us his name. Whether it be by Metro Crime Stopper, a phone call to our detectives, even inbox messages on Twitter and Facebook, simply to say this is who the person is that you're looking for," Spokesman TJ Smith added.