Manhunt is launched for 'armed and dangerous' suspect

Manhunt is launched for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect who ‘shot dead his 28-year-old girlfriend in front of her son, 7, during domestic dispute

  • Alleged incident happened while couple were visiting relatives in North Carolina
  • The victim was a mother-of-four, with children aged 12, 7, 3 and 7 months old 
  • Police are now searching for Jorge Gomez, 28, of Tampa, Florida 

By Sophie Tandon For Mailonline

Published: 10:02, 29 December 2020 | Updated: 10:03, 29 December 2020

A manhunt has been launched for an ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect who is accused of shooting dead his girlfriend in front of her son during a domestic dispute. 

The alleged incident happened while the couple were visiting relatives in North Carolina for Christmas, police say. 

The body of Jessica Cortez Luna, 28, from Tampa, Florida, was discovered in Durham, North Carolina by police who responded to a 911 call at 2.15am on Saturday morning.

Manhunt is launched for 'armed and dangerous' suspect

A manhunt has been launched for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect Jorge Gomez, left, who is accused of shooting dead his girlfriend Jessica Cortez Luna, right, in front of her son during a domestic dispute

The victim was a mother-of-four, with children aged 12, 7, 3 and 7 months old.

Police are now searching for Jorge Gomez, 28, of Tampa, Florida, in connection with the incident. 

He also uses the alias Martin Benitez, 29, of Durham, according to a report in WRAL

The victim’s sister, Maria Cortez Luna, told the publication that Jessica was shot and killed by her boyfriend of five years, and that it was witnessed by her 7-year-old son. 

According to Maria, there had been a history of physical and verbal domestic violence incidents in her sister’s relationship but she had never called the police despite being encouraged by family members to do so. 

Maria said she last saw her sister at around 6pm on Christmas day and she believes her boyfriend may have been drunk. 

Manhunt is launched for 'armed and dangerous' suspect Manhunt is launched for 'armed and dangerous' suspect

Police are now searching for Jorge Gomez, 28, of Tampa, Florida, in connection with the incident

Suspect Gomez was last seen driving a black 2016 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado Truck with North Carolina plate HEW-3881, according to police. 

He is said to be armed and dangerous. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover the unexpected funeral costs, and has so far raised £6,882.  

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