INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) – A man fatally shot four people after an argument over a stimulus check in Indiana.
Malik Halfacre is accused of shooting four people in a house on Randolph Road on Saturday after quarreling with his child’s mother, who refused to give him half of her stimulus check.
Jeanettrius Moore’s family said she was a hard worker in a beauty store. She worked to support herself and two little girls. Her family said they estimated the final stimulus check to be $ 1,400.
Their youngest baby’s father, Halfacre, thought he should get half that money, but Moore didn’t give him $ 450 until after insisting. Wendy Johnson, Moore’s cousin, said Halfacre vowed to “get the money.”
Moore was outside her house on Saturday night when Halfacre showed up. Johnson said Halfacre gave her cousin a “dirty look” and walked away, but he came back.
Police said after Halfacre returned home, he shot four people. Moore was wounded in the incident, and Halfacre took her baby and left the house.
The family identified those killed as Moore’s 7-year-old daughter Eve Moore, brother Daquan Moore, 23, mother Tomeeka Brown, 44, and cousin Anthony Johnson, 35.
“Malik came back into the house and asked, ‘Where’s the money? ‘said Johnson, repeating the report Jeanettrius told her.
“They say, ‘What money? What? What are you talking about?’
He said, ‘Where is the money? Where is the money?'”
Johnson said she was told that Halfacre was starting to search Moore’s purse.
“Daquan tried to save his sister,” said Johnson. He got up and said, ‘You can’t have the money. You can’t have her money. ‘ [Moore] Malik pushed and Malik pulled out the gun and just started killing everyone. “
“He shot Daquan first. He shot Anthony. He turned and shot my aunt Tomeeka. My aunt Tomeeka said: “Malik!” and he shot her again. He came back and shot Daquan the second time and somewhere between the little baby Eva was hit somewhere and she screamed, she screamed. “
Johnson said Moore remembers Halfacre taking her and her young daughter to the car and, after strapping the baby to a booster seat, reentered the house to get a bottle of milk.
“He went back inside and then shot Anthony again as he came down the stairs,” said Johnson. “When he went into the house, Jeanettrius’ cue was to run for her life, and she did just that. Walked for her life on New York Street in traffic and knocked on all doors. “
Moore was hiding on a neighbor’s porch until police arrived when Halfacre drove away with her child.
“He told her that she made him kill everyone,” Johnson said. “She made him do it.”
Moore directed the officers one block north to the house where the victims were discovered. At the same time, Lorenzo Moore went through the back door to find his brother Daquan and the rest of his family.
“I saw all of my family members there dead on the floor,” said Lorenzo Moore. “I could put together the picture of how everything went and how everyone went.”
He said he was incredulous. He called Halfacre a “monster” who was released from prison. Halfacre was charged with shooting a man five times on the northwest side of the city in early 2017, but was released from custody in 2018 after pleading guilty to lesser charges.
Lorenzo Moore said the family knew Halfacre always had a gun with him. He said he didn’t have a job and would spend his days “lying around lazily”.
He said his sister was afraid of Halfacre.
“It was like you could feel that fear, but you never want to do anything about it because you are too afraid and it could come to what it did,” he said. “Only he’s mad about not having any money and he’s not doing anything for himself, so he thought he was just taking something away from her.”
The couple’s baby was recovered unscathed in the northeast of the city.
Nearly 24 hours after the murder, Halfacre emerged from a duplex in handcuffs after a four-hour SWAT pause on the east side after hiding in an attic to avoid multiple bursts of tear gas fired inside.
The family is now struggling to find the money to bury four loved ones.
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