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$10K reward for ID of men who killed woman banking at ATM

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis Police are still looking for the two men accused of killing a postal service employee at an East Memphis ATM.

Orion Federal Credit Union has offered a $10,000 reward to the identification and apprehension of two unidentified men who robbed, then shot, and killed a woman Tuesday evening as she was taking out cash from an eastside automated teller machine.

A second person was also shot by the two suspects moments later.

The deadly exchange took place in the 3100 block of South Perkins at around 7 p.m., Memphis police said.

The two black suspects tried to rob the woman who was inside her car after she got cash out of the ATM, but instead shot her.

Memphis police identified the victim as 44-year-old Runeccia Luster.

After being shot the female victim was able to get into her car, but stuck a utility pole, police said. She was later pronounced deceased after she was transported to The MED.

"As far as I know she was getting a prescription, didn't mention anything stopping by the teller, I know she goes to this particular machine, I've told her time and time, don't," says Runeccia's mother Betty. "Because of the environment the area, everything I would say don't go, she would let me know God has got my back and would go anyway."

For more than 20 years, Luster delivered mail for the US Postal Service.  Most recently, her passion for people drove her to nursing school. 

Her mother remembers, "Loved helping people, would do right, in this day and age, crime, hatred, and she tried to be a peacemaker."

"It's frightening. It basically shows you they were capable of anything," said Police Director Toney Armstrong. "They wanted to win at all costs, even to go so far as to shoot a female."

While the two suspects fled South Perkins they tried to carjack a motorist in a Chevrolet Corvette. Police said the suspects struggled with the motorist but ended up shooting him two times as he drove away.

The motorist was transported to The MED in critical condition, but as of Thursday morning he was discharged.

One of the suspects wanted in the shootings was wearing a white hoodie, police said.

Police have also released two surveillance images of the possible suspects.

In the hours after the two shootings homicide investigators have received numerous tips from the public.

If you can assist homicide detectives you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. You can remain anonymous.


FOX13 News reporter Bofta Yimam contributed to this report.

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