Minneapolis man charged in attempted robbery-turned-murder

Marlow Ramsey Carson Photo: Hennepin County Jail. Marlow Ramsey Carson

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: April 30, 2021 12:08 PM
Created: April 30, 2021 11:46 AM

A Minneapolis man has been charged in connection to an attempted robbery that turned into a fatal shooting this week.

Thirty-year-old Marlow Ramsey Carson is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.

A criminal complaint states Minneapolis police were called to a business in the 400 block of Cedar Avenue South on a reported robbery and shooting at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. There, officers found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds lying behind a counter in the store. A family spokesperson identified the victim as 40-year-old Liibaan Baqarre.

Baqarre was taken to a hospital but later died. The medical examiner found Baqarre had been shot six times. A GoFundMe page set up for the family said Baqarre leaves behind a wife and four young children.

The business owner told police Baqarre was a friend who was hanging out in the store when Carson came in, pointed a gun at the business owner and demanded money. The owner said Baqarre then started to lock the inner door to the counter to keep Carson out, but Carson noticed and shot Baqarre before fleeing.

Investigators were able to review surveillance videos to find the vehicle Carson fled in, and a Facebook Live video also showed Carson in the vehicle, holding and pointing a handgun at the camera after the incident.

The following day, officers tracked the vehicle to a parking lot in St. Paul and saw Carson leave in the vehicle. They conducted a traffic stop and arrested Carson, who was wearing the same clothing he had on during the shooting, according to the complaint. A loaded, black 9mm semi-automatic handgun was also recovered.

Carson allegedly told investigators the gun was his but denied his involvement in the incident. After officers showed him pictures taken of the incident, Carson admitted it was him, saying, "It was a hard thing to swallow."

The complaint states Carson also said he'd "had an extremely bad day" and "wasn't trying to hurt nobody."

Carson has previous convictions for robbery and selling drugs.

His first court appearance was scheduled for Friday.

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