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Mother of Naval Academy midshipman fatally shot outside Annapolis hotel Tuesday morning

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Michelle Jordan Cummings
Posted at 2:38 PM, Jun 29, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The mother of a Naval Academy midshipman died Tuesday morning after being shot outside an Annapolis Hotel.

Police say 57-year-old Michelle Jordan Cummings was in town from Houston, Texas to drop her son, Leonard, off at the Naval Academy.

Investigators don't believe she was the intended target.

They think shots were fired on Pleasant Street and traveled a short distance, killing Cummings as she sat at an outdoor patio at the Graduate Hotel.

The shooting took place around 12:21am.

Police released no information on a potential suspect or what may have led to the gunfire.

"There is no circumstance where this can be tolerated," said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “We are focused on getting guns off the street but it only takes one criminal with a gun for the results to be tragic. This was a horrific outcome for the kind of everyday gun violence that many cities across America see. Annapolis is sadly not immune."

"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," said Naval Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-260-3439 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

You could be eligible for a cash reward.