Using cameras to catch ‘armed and dangerous’ suspects
Police have identified one of the suspects from a Feb. 13 shooting on West Pomfret Street in Carlisle that sent a 16-year-old girl to the hospital.
She was an innocent bystander hurt in the shooting, and store surveillance video showed her head bleeding as she took refuge.
But luckily, she wasn’t the only one caught on camera that day.
With very little to go on to find the two shooters, police turned to their cameras. One was right on the corner where the shooting happened.
They knew the shooters’ intended target. But he refused to tell them who did it; he himself was behind bars for a parole violation later that night.
“This case has been difficult and time-consuming,” says Carlisle Police Chief Stephen Margeson.
The cameras are recording all the time, and they can rotate 360 degrees. They’re usually focused on busier areas it just so happened the camera was in the right position to get footage of the getaway car so that officers could identify the license plate.
“This was just lucky enough the car stopped where the camera was,” says dispatcher Deb Daniel. “I’ve been here over 20 years and having them makes a big difference.”
They identified Robert Gilmore. The chief say he’s originally from Brooklyn, New York and they’re in touch with police there.
They are still working to identify the second suspect. He says both men fired shots that day.
“Quite frankly, if he was smart, he would turn himself in,” says Margeson. “Either to us, or some other police someplace else, because he is definitely considered armed and dangerous.”