Red Cross director kills girlfriend, infant son, dog in apparent murder-suicide

Las Vegas police have announced that an American Red Cross director fatally shot his girlfriend, their infant son, and their dog before turning the gun on himself, as reported by Las Vegas Review-Journal.

On Monday night, officers discovered the bodies of Dr. John Lunetta, 40, Karen Michelle Jackson, 34, their baby boy, John Jr.—who would have turned 1 on Wednesday—and their pet Goldendoodle. The Clark County Coroner’s Office determined that the victim’s deaths were homicides; Jackson died from multiple gunshot wounds while John Jr. was shot in the head. Coroners determined that Lunetta’s cause of death was suicide as he shot himself in the mouth.

The victim’s mother, Patricia McMullen, told the paper that Jackson was planning to leave the man who later killed her and her son.

“My daughter was a wonderful human being, she was a go-getter,” McMullen said. “She had dreams in her life and she accomplished her dreams.”

Authorities claimed the shooting occurred a day before their bodies were found, according to KSNV.

Police were recently called to the residence for a custodial dispute that wasn’t physical in nature, though investigators did note that Lunetta owned a gun.

Samira Knight, a family law attorney, has known Lunetta since 2013. She suspects that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The only thing I can even contemplate happening is that she was going to take the kid and he lost it,” Knight told reporters. “He lived for his kid. I mean, he was so excited about everything.”

Lunetta had been a medical director for the American Red Cross’ western division for almost four years.

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