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Police: Despite national headlines and latest murder, crime headed down

A recent report called Baltimore deadliest city
Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 17:33:22-05

The barber’s pole is still, the blinds drawn.

His & Hers Perfections Barber Shop is closed today, the crime tape in the trash can out front and paramedic gloves on the ground point to why while homicide detectives canvassing the neighborhood try to figure out who.

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"We are just trying to get any information whatsoever,” Detective Brian Lewis told a resident, “You guys wouldn’t happen to have cameras positioned in your house or know of any neighbors that have cameras?”  

Detectives looked for private video and handed out or left behind Crime Stoppers flyers.

The victim from Monday night’s barber shop shooting is 47-year-old Andreas Tamaris.

He is a known name in Highlandtown as he pleaded guilty and served federal time for a mortgage fraud scheme that involved flipping houses in this neighborhood.

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa who was on this scene last night and returned today can’t say yet if Tarmaris' history was a factor.

"I don't want to talk about his past because I don't know for sure if that's the case. We do know for sure though that it looks like a targeted incident," De Sousa said.

The commissioner-designate was back at the scene today walking a brief foot patrol.

De Sousa says he often does so when he can as it is part of letting the community know that beyond yesterday's national headline of Baltimore being the deadliest city in the country, there is movement in the right direction.

Tamaris’ murder notwithstanding, De Sousa says deployment strategies and technologies soon to come online should help the downward crime trend continue.

"I feel positive about it,” De Sousa said, “It's extremely early, it's really early but we are definitely going in the right direction but I hope that we can sustain that and we are gonna fight, we are gonna fight for the community."

If you know anything about Tamaris' murder in the barber shop last night, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.