Man charged in attempted robbery-turned-murder says he “had an extremely bad day”

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Minneapolis — A Minneapolis man has been charged in a fatal shooting at a business in South Minneapolis.

Marlow Carson, 30, was charged with intentional second-degree murder and attempted first-degree aggravated robbery for shooting and killing 40-year-old Liibaan Baqarre. Carson was also charged with felon in possession as he was prohibited from carrying a firearm or ammunition due to a previous felony conviction.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 27, Minneapolis police were sent to a business at 409 Cedar Ave. S. on the report of a robbery and shooting. When they arrived, police found Baqarre lying on the ground behind a counter in the store, having suffered from multiple gunshot wounds.

Baqarre was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead due to complications from gunshot injuries. The medical examiner found Baqarre had been shot six times.

The business owner, H.S. told police that Baqarre was a friend, and was hanging out at the store when Carson came in. Carson walked up to H.S. who was behind the store counter, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money. At the time, both Baqarre and H.S. were behind the counter, and as H.S. complied with Carson, Baqarre attempted to lock the inner door to ensure Carson could not get behind the counter, the complaint says.

Carson noticed Baqarre trying to lock the door, and proceeded to shoot him multiple times. Carson then fled from the business in a black Chevy Impala.

Investigators spoke with several witnesses at the store during the shooting and robbery, and told them Carson left in a dark colored vehicle. Carson also shared a Facebook Live video following the incident in which he is seen pointing a black handgun at the camera, the complaint continues.

On April 28, officers were able to track the suspected vehicle in St. Paul, and found Carson getting into the vehicle and driving off. Police followed him and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and found Carson was the only person inside. Upon his arrest, Carson admitted to having a handgun on him, which was found by police in the front pocket of his hoodie, the complaint states.

Carson was also wearing the same clothing he had on during the shooting and robbery.

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In a post-Miranda statement, Carson admitted that the gun was his, but denied being involved in the incident. Investigators informed him the shooting and robbery was captured on video, and Carson asked to see proof, for which they showed him stills from surveillance footage, the complaint says. Carson then admitted to being involved.

Excerpt from the criminal complaint: Defendant told investigators, “It was a hard thing to swallow. He had an extremely bad day. He hadn’t planned on hurting anyone and didn’t wake up trying to hurt anyone. He had done stupid shit, but never stupid shit like that. The incident wasn’t intentional. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody. I never went trying to hurt nobody and he would take it back if he had the chance.” Defendant then told investigators that it was pointless for him to continue speaking because there was nothing that he could say or do that would help him.

Five discharged casings were found at the scene of the incident, and forensic analysis on the casings and Carson’s handgun matched.

Carson has been convicted on two previous occasions: July 10, 2010 for first-degree aggravated robbery, and Jan. 25, 2015 for third-degree drug sale.

Read the Criminal Complaint here

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