Lancaster shooter 'angry' about sex charges, family says

by: Greg Suskin Updated:


LANCASTER, S.C. - Police said Sammy Baskins Jr. shot himself with the same .380 pistol he used to shoot his own daughter and her grandmother Saturday.

Dorothy Caskey, 63, and Jameisha Clark, 28, were still at Carolinas Medical Center recovering Monday night. Caskey was shot at least three times in her home on Penny Street. She put her body between a young child and the bullets Baskins fired.

Corey Clark had just come from his mother's hospital bed when he spoke to Channel 9.

"She’s just got to get her rest and everybody just stay prayed up," Corey Clark said. "She can't talk now, but she can write things down and tell you what she wants."

Lancaster police said moments after shooting Caskey; Baskins went to his daughter's apartment on Pardue Street and shot her in the parking lot. She was shielding an infant in her arms.

"She had turned to protect the baby, and it looks like she was shot in the throat and the bullet went into her shoulder," said police Capt. Scott Grant. “Both of them had a lot to do with why those children are still with us.”

Corey Clark said his mother did what any mother would do in the face of that kind of horror.

"Just kept 'em (the child) close and just shielded them," he said.

Police said soon after the shooting reports came in on social media as to Baskins' whereabouts. People called constantly to detail of his movements after he abandoned his car.

"We were able to track him right across Lancaster to where we found him," Grant said.
Police tracked Baskins to his uncle's house on East Dunlap Street, where they evacuated family members from the house. Baskins then shot himself.

Baskins was supposed to be in court Tuesday to face sex charges involving a child. Police said the women he shot were witnesses against him and family members told Channel 9 he'd vowed to get even with them.

Baskins' uncle told Channel 9 that he knew his nephew was angry, but he seemed OK the last time he saw him Friday night.

"He talked about it a lot," said Eddie Baskins.  "He said he couldn't be a child molester, and he knew he didn't do that. I believe that's what set him off."

Police said that was the motive, but no one knew what was coming.

"I don't think anybody saw this coming until it was, in action," Grant said.

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