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Barbershop shooter faces 3 life sentences in 2018 murder

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 15:34:34-04

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore man who shot up a Highlandtown barber shop in 2018, killing one man and injuring another, faces a potential three life sentences plus 23 years after being convicted of murder and other crimes, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office said in a release Tuesday.

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Sammie Carrol, 31, was convicted of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, illegal possession of a shotgun, attempted first-degree murder, and conspiracy to murder in the Feb. 19, 2018 death of 23-year-old Andreas Tamaris.

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Prosecutors said witnesses saw Carroll and an accomplice walked into the shop in the 3200 block of Eastern Avenue and begin firing the pump shotgun and semi-automatic handgun they were carrying shortly before 5:15 p.m. Tamaris was struck by shotgun fire in his arm and chest. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview, where he was pronounced dead. Another victim was struck in the hand. After the shooting, Carroll and his accomplice left on foot.

Investigators learned that one of the shooters was struck by returning firing from a person inside the store who drew his own weapon and shot back in self defense. Detectives later learned of a walk-in shooting victim, later identified as Carroll, who sought treatment for a gunshot wound at Johns Hopkins Hospital minutes after the shooting at the barber shot occurred.

Footage pulled from cameras near the barbershop showed Carroll and another man getting out of a van in an alley near Eastern Avenue, with one pulling a piece of luggage and walking toward the barbershop. Footage later showed both men running back to the van after the shooting without the luggage. Clothing seen on one of the men matched bloody clothing found in a vehicle that took Carroll to the hospital. Another camera showed footage of Carroll and the other man walking towards the barbershop.

Carroll is scheduled to be sentenced at a hearing on Sept. 27, 2019.

“This conviction should send a message to anyone who wishes to foster an atmosphere of fear within our neighborhoods,” said Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, “that such recklessness and violence will not be tolerated by the community or Baltimore City law enforcement.”