Man found guilty for fatally interfering in family member's fight

Posted at 1:06 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 13:06:06-04

A Baltimore man was found guilty on Thursday of murdering a woman who had fought with one of his relatives.

Qu'sean Swilling was found guilty of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Ashley Long. According to police, Long and a female relative of Swilling were fighting in the 700 block of North Rose Street in April of 2017. After the fight was resolved, Swilling opened fire on Long, shooting her multiple times as she tried to run away. 

When police got to North Rose Street, they saw Long lying on the ground at the end of the block with multiple gunshot wounds in her upper body. Long was taken to the hospital where she later died. 

GPS monitoring revealed to police that Swilling was at the scene when the murder happened and a witness positively identified him in an array of photographs. 

"Unfortunately, a common response to conflict in Baltimore has consistently been retaliatory violence," said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. "Violence is never the answer for any level of dispute, and we will pursue those assailants that practice this type of street justice with the full scope of the law."

Sentencing for Qu'sean Swilling is set for January 15, 2019, and he faces life plus 20 years.