Fabian Gomez, 22, told police he had stopped after work to have a beer before heading home on Thursday. When he arrived at home he says he was cleaning his gun, and he had a new box of shells he had purchased to shoot off on New Year’s Day.
In the home were his 8 month pregnant girlfriend Jennifer Montejano, 25, and her three young children. Allegedly an argument developed between the couple.
Acccording to Gomez, he came out of the bedroom holding the gun and while he was gesturing the weapon discharged. The bullet struck Jennifer Montejano in the face, just beside her nose.
Montejano was taken to the hospital in a comatose condition and an emergency cesarean section was done to deliver the baby. The 5 pound 9 ounce baby girl is reported to be in stable condition.
Fabian Gomez allegedly tol police an initial story that the bullet that struck his girlfriend came through an open window in the second floor apartment. But after police found a handgun that appeared to have been recently discharged, he allegedly admitting to firing the shot and said it was an accident.
Jennifer Montejano’s other three children are now being cared for by family members.
Fabian Gomez has been charged with preliminary charges of aggravated battery, criminal recklessness, and simple battery.
Jennifer Montejano remains in critical condition.
What a way for a baby to be born. Instead of adoring parents, there is concern over whether her mother will recover. And if she recovers, will she be able to care for an infant as well as her other three children? I am not seeing any indication in the articles as to whether Fabian Gomez is the father to the baby or any of the other children.
With three young children in the apartment and an admission of handling a weapon after he had had ‘a beer’ I am truly surprised that he was not charged with child endangerment.
Baby is reported to be in good condition, but Jennifer Montejano continues in critical condition.
An anonymous reader just reminded me that I was remiss in something. The first rule of safety, one that even I know but didn’t remember……is that you should never clean a loaded gun. Before cleaning all weapons they should be emptied and checked before you begin cleaning. And that in order to clean most weapons properly…. you do need to break them down so that they can be cleaned properly. Once emptied and broken down then they of course would be inoperable.
I have learned to shoot a weapon, but don’t have a lot of experience with them. But I remember very well being taught that no gun is empty unless it is broken down and checked to make sure there are no bullets in it.
Thank you my anonymous reader for the timely reminder.
Jennifer Montenjano (some articles say Montejano) passed away from her injuries. Prosecutors are awaiting the results of the autopsy before determining whether new charges will be filed.
Jennifer Montenjano never got to see the face of her youngest child. The baby will never see her mother. Altogether 4 children have lost the mother they loved.
The new baby has been named Jennifer and is reported to be doing well. Prosecutors are now saying they are waiting for a police report before filing additional charges. Family is reported to be requesting a murder charge.
Thanks to AlwaysInFlyoverCountry we have an update.
Fabian Gomez has been charged with murder, aggravated battery, battery and criminal recklessness. His trial is due to begin Oct. 22.
The baby is in the custody of Jennifer’s mother.