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Career Criminal Was Out Of Jail On Gun Charges When He Allegedly Shot Navy Football Player’s Mom

Annapolis, MD – A career criminal who was already facing multiple gun and assault charges cut off his house arrest ankle bracelet before fatally shooting a woman who was visiting the city see her son inducted into the U.S. Naval Academy in June, according to prosecutors.

Houston resident Michelle Jordan Cummings, 57, was shot by a stray bullet while sitting on the patio area of an Annapolis hotel early on June 29, KHOU reported.

She and her husband, Leonard “Truck” Cummings had travelled to Maryland to see their son, Leonard “Trey” Cummings III, inducted into the prestigious academy.

“She beamed. She was so excited about it, so happy that her baby was going be a midshipman, and everyone that met her, she radiated motherhood, happiness,” her friend, Veranna Phillips, told WBAL. “Just such a wonderful woman.”

Investigators said the alleged shooter, 29-year-old Angelo Reno Harrod, was targeting two people sitting in a parked car on Pleasant Street when he started shooting in Michelle Cummings’ general direction, the Capital Gazette reported.

She was struck by a single bullet, Annapolis Police Chief Edward Jackson told the Capital Gazette.

“Officers and emergency medical services personnel attempted all life-saving measures, but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene,” Chief Jackson said during a press conference shortly after the deadly shooting, according to WBAL.

The occupants of the vehicle were not injured in the attack.

Police identified Harrod as the primary suspect after reviewing photos and video footage from the shooting scene, Chief Jackson told the Capital Gazette.

The chief did not specify what evidence linked Harrod to the attacks.

According to court documents, Harrod was convicted of illegally possessing a handgun in 2016, the Capital Gazette reported.

Although he was prohibited from possessing firearms due to that conviction, he was again convicted of another handgun possession offense in 2013, as well as a separate conspiracy to commit robbery offense.

Harrod racked up a new charge of assault and firearm possession on Feb. 10 and was arrested on yet another firearm and drug possession case on April 12, the Capital Gazette reported.

Prosecutors urged the court to hold the career criminal without bond, but the judge opted to kick him loose onto house arrest instead.

Harrod was outfitted with an ankle bracelet and released to live with his mother on April 13.

By May 3, he’d cut the bracelet off and taken off, prosecutors said.

He was subsequently charged with second-degree escape.

A total of $122,000 in reward funds were offered for information leading to the arrest of Michele Cummings’ killer, the Capital Gazette reported.

Harrod was arrested at a gas station near Tyler Avenue and Forest Drive at approximately 10 p.m. on June 29.

Investigators said they initially arrested him on outstanding warrants.

When they moved in to take him into custody, Harrod allegedly shoved an officer and took off on foot, the Capital Gazette reported.

He was apprehended after he twisted his ankle, police said.

Harrod has since been charged with murder, attempted murder, firearms charges, manslaughter, assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and multiple other offenses, the Capital Gazette reported.

He was booked into the Jennifer Road Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.

“My family and I are elated that an arrest has been made in the senseless murder of my beloved wife, Michelle Cummings,” Truck Cummings said in a statement, according to the Capital Gazette. “We hope and pray that this arrest will start the healing process by providing answers to the many questions that my family has about the circumstances surrounding her senseless death.”

Michelle Cummings was wildly supportive of her son’s educational and athletic pursuits, KHOU reported.

She served as president of the football booster club at Westfield High School during her son’s senior year, according to Spring Independent School District (ISD).

“We are devastated to hear about the passing of Michelle Cummings,” Spring ISD told KHOU in a statement “Ms. Cummings was a very engaged parent at Westfield High School where her son Leonard ‘Trey’ Cummings III graduated in 2020.”

After helping lead his high school football team to the state semifinals in 2019, Leonard Cummings went on to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, KHOU reported.

He moved to the main campus one year later, according to Spring ISD.

Leonard Cummings opted to move forward with the U.S. Naval Academy induction activities and took his oath one day after his mother’s murder, WBFF reported.

A fundraising campaign established to help the family in the wake of their loss has raised over $148,000 as of Wednesday.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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