Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Man Busts Out of Prison to Seek Revenge For His Mother's Shooting

Tamik Kirkland, 25, who was serving time for firearm and drug charges at MCI-Shirley, a medium-security state prison in Shirley, Massachusetts, busted out of the joint sometime around April 25 -- roughly 30 hours after his mother was shot. He made a dummy that he put in his bed to evade a head count, and then managed to walk out of the facility.
Six days later, he was accused of killing one man and critically injuring another at a State Street barbershop, and then getting in a shootout with police moments later at Cambridge and Burr Streets. Officials have said the indications are Kirkland, who has ties to the Maynard Street Posse street gang, escaped to seek revenge for the shooting of his mother. Two officers were shot but escaped serious injury due to their protective vests. Kirkland was shot multiple times and seriously injured. He is in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center where he is under heavy guard, officials said.
Prison officials are pointing fingers and scratching their heads as to how Tamik could just walk out of the facility; one jailer has been suspended with pay. Tamik is now facing a murder charge, three counts of attempted murder, and a slew of other armed assault and weapons charges. His mother, by the way, was not seriously hurt.
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