The Indianapolis postal worker shot dead as she delivered mail Monday may have been targeted by a suspect that was upset over not receiving a coronavirus stimulus check, a report said.
Angela Summers, 45, was gunned down Monday on her route near East Michigan Street and North Sherman Drive, police have said.
A day later, Tony Cushingberry, 21, was arrested and charged with fatally shooting Summers in the chest, according to reports.
After her death, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The agency confirmed Wednesday that Cushingberry was arrested for the murder.
Police did not say exactly what led up to the shooting, but an official with the Indianapolis branch of the letter carriers’ union said Summers had expressed concerns about certain people living at the house where the shooting occurred.
Paul Toms, the president of the local branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers told WXIN he believed the shooting was over the person inside of the home not receiving their stimulus check.
“Yes, there was a history on this for quite a while, as I understand it,” Toms told the outlet. “I want something like this to never happen again. It should never happen.”
Toms said he believes the killing occurred because a person inside the home hadn’t received their check.
“Of everything her daughter was first and that’s why she worked hard. To have someone so integral to the community to have their life taken so quickly and so violently it’s hard to take that in, it’s hard to understand that,” said Rev. Michael Davis, a pastor Unity of Indianapolis, where Summers served as a board member.
“Angela was quick a laugh. Also she was quick with her opinion. You never questioned what Angela was thinking because she would let you know,” Davis recalled.