A dispute over the $1,400 stimulus money turned deadly on Saturday night in Indianapolis when a man opened fire on the family of the mother of his child, killing four of them.
It started when Malik Halfacre asked Jeanettrius Moore to give him half of the $1,400 stimulus check. Moore, a mother of two who works at a beauty shop, refused.
She told Halfacre, the father of her youngest child, “you don’t deserve any of this. I work. I take care of our child. You don’t do anything,'” a relative said. But as a compromise she offered to give him $450 instead.
He left that evening but not before telling her, “‘I’m gonna get that money,’” according to a family member.
The next evening Halfacre went to Moore’s home and started searching her purse, demanding to know where the money was, according to Fox 59.
When Moore’s brother Daquan stepped in to stop Halfacre from taking his sister’s money he pulled out a gun and began shooting people.
Family members later identified the victims as Jeanettrius’ 7-year-old daughter, Eve Moore, her brother, 23-year-old Daquan Moore, her mother, 44-year-old Tomeeka Brown, and her cousin, 35-year-old Anthony Johnson. Moore was injured but she survived.
“He shot Daquan first. He shot Anthony. He turned around, and he shot my Auntie Tomeeka. My Auntie Tomeeka said, ‘Malik!’ and he shot her again. He came back and shot Daquan for the second time and somewhere between little Baby Eve got hit somewhere and she was screaming, she was screaming,” a family member told Fox59.
Halfacre then took the couple’s baby and fled the scene.
The infant was recovered hours later unharmed. Halfacre was arrested almost 24 hours after the shooting following a four-hour standoff with police.
Halfacre was accused of shooting a man five times in early 2017 but was released from custody a year later after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.