Man Charged with Murder After Shooting 3-Year-Old Boy in Santa Clara Home

A tragic incident unfolded in Santa Clara earlier this week when a man shot and killed a 3-year-old boy during a confrontation with the child’s mother. Sergio Colin Gomez, 24, has been charged with murder and assault in connection with the incident, according to a criminal complaint.

Gomez, who shares an apartment with Ivan’s mother, was arrested on the morning of the shooting and is currently being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose. District Attorney Jeff Rosen expressed his deep sorrow over the senseless murder of Ivan, stating that no court proceedings can ever compensate for the loss of an innocent life.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the tragic events unfolded after Gomez returned home late one night and asked Ivan and his mother to leave the living room. The mother and son then moved to Ivan’s room to watch TV until the child fell asleep. Gomez and the mother engaged in an emotionally charged conversation in the kitchen, during which Gomez accused her of infidelity. Eventually, they settled down and went to watch a movie in their bedroom.

However, Gomez repeatedly interrogated his girlfriend about her faithfulness throughout the evening, asking her the question, “Yes or no?” The conversation escalated, and the mother, fearing for her safety, locked herself and Ivan in the child’s room. Unfortunately, Gomez managed to break through the door.

After leaving the apartment briefly, Gomez returned with a handgun, holding it at his side. He continued to yell, “Yes or no!” and pointed the gun at Ivan from close range. Within moments, the weapon discharged, fatally striking Ivan in the head. Gomez then fled the scene, while the mother immediately called 911.

Responding officers quickly located Gomez walking nearby and apprehended him, despite encountering some resistance. The handgun used in the shooting was later recovered from the child’s bedroom. Gomez’s prior criminal history primarily consists of traffic violations, with a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace in 2019.

In December 2018, Gomez was arrested for refusing to leave his ex-girlfriend’s home in Sunnyvale and making threats to burn it down. He allegedly struggled with the police officers who attempted to detain him, although the related charge was eventually dismissed. Gomez pleaded no contest to a disturbance charge and was ordered to undergo anger management training and complete 40 hours of community service.

The investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Frank Hagg at 408-615-4814 or via email. Anonymous tips can also be provided at 408-615-4847.

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