Four people, including a seven-year-old girl, were killed after an argument over a stimulus check ended in gunfire. Officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said that Malik Halfacre, 25, got into an argument with Jeanettrius Moore, who is the mother of his six-month-old daughter. He demanded at least half of her $1,400 stimulus check, but she refused to give him anything.
The argument escalated and Halfacre opened fire on everybody inside the home. He then took his daughter and fled the scene. Moore, who managed to survive after getting shot in the back, managed to make it to a neighbor's house and pleaded for help.
“I was sitting right here in my chair. I hear a loud bang on the door; bam, bam, bam, bam. I get up. I said, ‘Who is it?'” neighbor Craig Jackson told WISH. “She said, ‘Can you help me? I have been shot.'”
Jackson called 911 as Moore told him what happened.
“She was frantic. She was hysterical. She was in pain,” Jackson said. “She said her baby daddy shot her, and he shot her, her mother, and the kids. She said she was the only person who got away.”
Jackson said that Moore told him Halfacre killed her family because he wanted her stimulus check.
“I said, ‘Why did he shoot you?’ And her exact words were ‘stimulus money,'” Jackson said.
When the police arrived, they found the bodies of four people in the home. The victims were identified as Jeanettrius’ daughter Eve Moore, 7, her mother Tomeeka Brown, 44, her brother Dequan Moore, 23, and her cousin Anthony Johnson, 35.
Moore was rushed to the hospital, where she was treated and released. Her six-month-old daughter was found safe at the home of Halfacre's sister. Police said he brought the child to her home and then she called the police. She told detectives that he had been in contact with another friend and was trying to get out of the city.
Authorities managed to track down Halfacre and took him into custody following an hours-long standoff with a SWAT team. He is facing four counts of murder, one count of robbery, and one count of attempted murder.
Photo: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department