A man who shot dead his former neighbor when she answered the door at her Massachusetts home had disguised himself as a UPS driver, prosecutors said Thursday.
Robert Bonang, 61, is charged with killing 59-year-old Laurie Melchionda after the well known nurse was found at her Braintree home Wednesday morning suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Authorities say Bonang hid his gun inside a box, cutting hole it, before shooting his alleged victim three times in the head and four times in the back. He is said to have ‘frantically’ rang Melchionda’s doorbell in the seconds before the shooting.
Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said a teenager who was babysitting children nearby saw Bonang walk up to Melchionda’s door, wearing a surgical mask and brown jacket and carrying a box.
Connor said the teen was walking away with the children when she heard screaming and turned around to see Bonang shooting mother-of-three Melchionda with the gun from the box.
The box is said to have had a UPS envelope taped to it. A gray wig was also found at the scene and Bonang’s booking photo shows him in a UPS style brown shirt.
Authorities have not yet said what exactly led to the shooting but the pair had a ‘history of issues’, according to CBS.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said Laurie Melchionda, left, was shot at her home Wednesday. Authorities say Robert Bonang, right, hid his gun inside a box, cutting hole it, before shooting his alleged victim three times in the head and four times in the back
Police responding to the residence (pictured) found her old neighbor Robert Bonang, 61, near the front entrance. Melchionda was found nearby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds
Bonang, who used to live across the street from Melchionda, told the judge he planned to hire private counsel, the district attorney’s office said.
Melchionda was married and the director of health services for the Weston Public Schools and a school nurse at Field Elementary.
Bonang, who is understood to have previously been detained over his mental health, was found by police near the front entrance of her home.
He was said to have waved to officers as they arrived.
Bonang had not lived in the neighborhood for six years after his parents, who owned the home, died but he is said to have falsely accused neighbors of ‘watching and following him’ in the past, Boston.com reports.
Melchionda was a married mom-of-three and the director of health services for the Weston Public Schools and a school nurse at Field Elementary
Bonang had not lived in the neighborhood for six years after his parents, who owned the home, died but he is said to have falsely accused neighbors of ‘watching and following him’
Melchionda was rushed to South Shore Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
A police report says: ‘[A Braintree officer] described the box as a large brown box with a hole cut out for the muzzle of the rifle and another hole cut in the area where a hand could fit inside to manipulate the rifle.
‘[A witness] stated that she thought the male was dressed as a ‘fake UPS driver’ due to the fact that he was wearing a long brown coat, brown pants, and was carrying what [the juvenile] described as a ‘weird’ UPS box.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said: ‘She’s well known in town. She’s been active in town in the board of health. She’s a well-respected nurse.
‘She’s extremely well-thought of in town.’
Morrissey said Melchionda and Bonang had prior disagreements when he lived in the neighborhood, but he did not provide any additional details.
Superintendent of Weston Public Schools Midge Connolly said in a statement: ‘We are suffering a tremendous loss.’
Authorities said Melchionda and Bonang had prior disagreements when he lived in the neighborhood, but no additional details were provided