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Celebration Turned Into Tragedy: Texas Mother Of USNA Midshipman Killed By Stray Bullet In Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) -- A celebration turned into a tragedy after a mother was shot and killed by a stray bullet while sitting outside a hotel patio in Annapolis. Police said she was in town from Houston, Texas visiting her son who was getting inducted into the U.S. Naval Academy.

"She was such as textbook mother, took care of everyone," said Veranna Phillips, a friend.

Annapolis Police said 57-year-old Michelle Jordan Cummings was visiting to celebrate her son -- an incoming plebe, class of 2025, being inducted into the Naval Academy.

Michelle Cummings family
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Officials said she was sitting outside on the hotel patio with her husband and another couple when she was killed by stray bullets early Tuesday morning.

Phillips said the news is a nightmare.

"I'm still thinking that this is not true and I'm going to wake up or something because it's like, how did this happen?" she said.

Police said Cummings was shot more than once. They believe the bullets came from a nearby shooting on a Pleasant Street - where people were shooting into an empty car. However, no suspects are in custody.

"We have detectives working around the clock," said Annapolis Police Chief Ed Jackson. "What I would say to the shooter is: 'Turn yourself in. We're coming after you'."

Cumming's son, Leonard Cummings III, who friends know as Trey, is a football prospect.

"This city's heart is broken. Somebody has lost their mom on their most proudest day probably of her life," said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

"As members of our Naval Academy family, we will do all that we can to support Leonard, his father and the entire Cummings family during this unfathomable time. My wife, Joanne, and I, on behalf of all of us here in Annapolis, offer our deepest sympathies," Vice Admiral Sean Buck said in a statement.

Phillips said she was talking to Cummings about their sons playing football at the academy just hours before she was killed.

"She was so proud, beaming. This is what she wanted for Trey, she said.

Phillips added that Cummings will be missed.

"Asking if I'm going to miss her is just, yeah oh my goodness, I'm still just talking about it in a tense that she's here," said Phillips.

Police said that they are still looking at surveillance video. They said they did have a few leads, however, they are offering up to $2,000 for anyone who has any information that leads to an arrest.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account.

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