American Red Cross doctor shoots girlfriend and 12-month-old son

Ruben Hill
July 14, 2017

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.

Police believe an IN doctor murdered his girlfriend, infant son and dog before committing suicide at their Las Vegas home on Monday.

Once moving, the photos of Lunetta's girlfriend, Karen Jackson, and their child, John Jr., are now heartbreaking. They say he fatally killed his family before turning a gun on himself.

Additionally, police told KSNV that they had visited the residence in the recent past for a custodial argument. Lunetta was reportedly a doctor with the Red Cross.

- infowe (@infowe) July 12, 2017Pictured Dr John Lunetta's baby son, John Lunetta Jr.

Air Force Veteran Lunetta, who legally owned the gun, focused on Red Cross blood services in Nevada in his prestigious role as medical director. Family members called on authorities to perform a wellness check at about 7:40 p.m. on Monday.

While saying they never saw the couple fight or argue, neighbors expressed disbelief the man was capable of murder in the grizzly episode of domestic violence.

Karen Jackson with John Jr.

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However, stories soon emerged in Nevada news reports that the well-educated doctor may have had a controlling side.

Told neighbor, Denise Bernardo, 'This is deranged.

Adding, 'It's unfortunate what triggered it.

Neighbours said Lunetta had a reputation as a womaniser before Jackson moved into his home around 18 months ago.

Jackson had just passed a certification test to become a family nurse practitioner. He studied genetics at Washington University in St. Louis and in Alaska.

Her SUV, still parked backward in front of the home, has a stack of nursing textbooks in the back seat next to a baby's auto seat.

Calling it a bad tragedy, Lunetta's former employer says they're shocked and upset about the situation but declined to comment further.

Police say the mother had an older daughter from a previous relationship but she was not home.

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