Massachusetts man convicted of barbershop slaying

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been convicted of killing a barbershop customer, wounding the barber, and then injuring two officers during a shootout with police, all just days after escaping from prison.

A Hampden Superior Court jury found 27-year-old Tamik Kirkland of Springfield guilty Wednesday of charges including murder and armed assault with intent to murder.

Authorities say Kirkland escaped from a minimum-security prison in April 2011. Five days later, he went into a Springfield barbershop and wounded a barber and fatally shot a customer. He was shot six times in a shootout with police, in which two officers were injured.

Authorities have said Kirkland wanted revenge for the shooting of his mother. Prosecutors were not allowed to tell the jury about his mother’s shooting.

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