An American Red Cross director shot and killed his girlfriend, baby son, and pet dog before turning fire on himself at the family’s Las Vegas home on Sunday, The New York Daily News reported.
More than 24 hours after the shooting, relatives sent police to the home for a welfare check, at which point responders discovered the bodies of John Henry Lunetta, 40; Karen Michelle Jackson, 35; and their son, John Jr., who would have turned one today.
“It’s very clear that he shot the mother of his child and the infant and himself, and there’s also a dead dog inside,” Lt. Dan McGrath told reporters.
Lunetta was a medical director for the American Red Cross’s western division for four years. Jackson was an Air Force vet who had recently completed training to become a family nurse practitioner, according to her Facebook.
Jackson also has a 10-year-old daughter, who wasn’t at the home during the shooting, said the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The daughter told neighbors that Lunetta was controlling and that he and Jackson fought a lot.
Neighbors had also seen moving trucks at their home over the weekend, they claimed, leading them to wonder if Jackson was moving out.
“It was very shocking to hear,” neighbor Michael Bernardo said to the Review-Journal. “I know he loved his baby. I know he loved his dog.”
“This is deranged. He must have snapped,” said his wife, Denise Bernardo.
Police said that they visited Lunetta’s home once for a custodial argument, which didn’t get physical, according to KSNV, a local NBC affiliate.
Lunetta was a legal gun owner, KSNV reported.