A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a woman pregnant with his unborn son and killing her 3-year-old daughter, then leaving them dead in her car parked in a Southwest Baltimore neighborhood.
Devon Sample, who lives with his grandmother in nearby Beechfield, gunned down Shiand Miller while she was eight months pregnant with his baby, police wrote in charging documents. Sample also allegedly shot and killed her 3-year-old daughter, Shaniya Gilmore.
Sample remained held Saturday at the Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center, charged with 16 counts ranging from first-degree murder of the mother and girl to committing a crime of violence against a pregnant person. Online court records did not list a defense attorney. He’s scheduled for a preliminary court hearing Aug. 4.
Police found Miller and her daughter shot to death Friday afternoon inside her gray Subaru. The car was parked in the 200 block of Boswell Road in the Westgate neighborhood. Neighbors had noticed the woman inside and called police, worrying she might have overdosed.
Officers found 9 mm shell casings outside the Subaru and on the backseat. In charging documents, officers wrote that they checked police databases and found the same Subaru had been stopped about a mile away last month with Sample behind the wheel. He was pulled over for allegedly driving without insurance or registration, among other traffic offenses.
On Friday, police went to Sample’s home in the 4800 block of Melbourne Road and spoke to his grandmother. According to charging documents, she told officers that Miller and her daughter had been over Thursday evening.
“When asked for Mr. Sample’s whereabouts, she advised officers that Mr. Sample was not home,” police wrote.
The officers told her they were obtaining a warrant to search the house.
“After being advised this by police, she advised officers that Mr. Sample was on the second floor,” they wrote.
A woman who answered at the home of Sample and his grandmother on Saturday evening declined to comment.
Sample was arrested and taken for a police interview. Officers also recovered surveillance cameras from the crime scene. The footage showed that around 11 p.m. Thursday, a black BMW pulled into the block, followed by Miller’s Subaru.
Officers wrote that the BMW is registered to Sample and they saw it parked Friday near his home.
On the surveillance camera footage Thursday night, someone exited the BMW and went to the Subaru.
“A muzzle flash is observed from within the victim’s vehicle,” officers wrote. “A second muzzle flash is observed outside of the driver’s side of the vehicle.”
Then the BMW drives away, leaving the Subaru. When interviewed by officers, Sample initially denied being present at the scene, police wrote. Then they confronted him with the video and he admitted to driving the BMW, parking at the scene and sitting in the Subaru with Miller and her daughter.
“However, Mr. Sample claims he got into his car, left the area, and never saw the victims again,” officers wrote.
Online court records show Sample has a drug case pending in Baltimore County, but no other criminal record.
Miller’s mother, Sheree Reid, has said her granddaughter was preparing to start prekindergarten. Reid said the family was planning a baby shower for Miller.
Saturday afternoon, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison released a statement commending officers for their hard work and the quick arrest.
“This is a tragic situation where family and friends are left suffering and mourning over the loss of loved ones,” he said. “I can only pray that family and friends of the victims and our city can begin the healing process.”
Neighbors said they heard the gunshots late Thursday. One woman said she noticed the Subaru parked Friday morning with its windows down. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for her safety, said she pulled alongside the car and saw Miller, but thought she was asleep.
After returning an hour and a half later, the woman pulled up and blew her horn. Miller didn’t move. So, the neighbor said she leaned in and called, “Miss, Miss, Miss.” Realizing something was wrong, the woman called 911.
Lester Davis, spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, said the mayor was “devastated and heartbroken” by the killings. Davis said the police and the mayor’s office “took it very hard and very serious to try to identify someone and bring justice.”
This year, 151 people have been killed in Baltimore, according to police statistics. Twenty-three people have been killed this month, and 39 people in May, which was the deadliest month since 2015.
Detectives continue to investigate the killings of Miller, her daughter and unborn son. Anyone with information can call police at 410-396-2100.
Baltimore’s rampant gun violence has left several children dead in recent years, including 7-year-old Taylor Hayes, struck by errant gunfire; 7-year-old Kester Browne, executed with his mother in their Southwest Baltimore home; 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, also killed by an errant bullet, and 1-year-old Carter Scott, who was shot and killed during an attack on his father.
Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Phillip Jackson contributed to this article.