A Colorado dad has been arrested after he shot his wife and infant son dead before calling the cops and confessing, adding that his son’s crying had made him “anxious”.
David Weingarten, 29, of Colorado Springs was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and taken into pre-trial custody on 1st February.
He is accused of fatally shooting his wife Lizet Salinas Mijanos, 26, and their son Georgie Weingarten, who would have celebrated his first birthday in a few months.
The Colorado Springs Police Department said in a statement: “On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 6:55 P.M., the CSPD communication center received one call reporting a shooting had occurred at a single-family residence in the 3200 block of Heather Glen Drive.
“CSPD patrol officers were immediately dispatched and upon arrival found two deceased persons inside the residence, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One victim was an adult female, and the second victim was a juvenile male.
“A third juvenile was also present inside the residence unharmed. A male suspect was contacted on scene during the initial response. Detectives from the CSPD’s Violent Crimes Section Homicide/Assault Unit responded and assumed responsibility for the ongoing investigation.
“The male contacted on scene, 29-year old David Weingarten, has been arrested and charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder.”
According to reports, the 911 call was made by Weingarten himself.
He is reported to have told arriving first responders: “I just shot my wife and son. I’ve been feeling not good lately and something just came over me. I don’t know what happened. I’ve been hearing things, and I don’t know what’s going on. My wife and son are both dead I believe.”
Following the suspect’s arrest, he reportedly told officers he was having “bad thoughts”, according to The Gazette.
The digital newspaper, which is based in Colorado Springs, reported that when asked by officers why he shot his son, he told them it was possibly partly due to his crying, which he said made him anxious.
Lizet’s sister Lizbeth has set up an online fundraiser to raise cash for the couple’s daughter Amber Marie, 2, whom she now plans to raise herself (www.gofundme.com/f/Maries-family-loss-expenses).
At the time of writing, it had raised USD 8,697 of its USD 20,000 goal.