EAST TAMPA — A 22-year-old Tampa man was arrested Saturday after police say he shot and killed his girlfriend, his brother-in-law and another woman in front of his 3-year-old nephew.
Angel Luis Perez forced his way into the home of his brother-in-law, 25-year-old Jorge Gort, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Brittany Snyder, shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Tampa police reported. He shot the couple, who died at the scene, officials said.
When he returned to his car, Perez got into an argument with his girlfriend, 22-year-old Olivia Miller, and also shot her, police said.
Perez drove Miller and his nephew, Gort’s son, to Tampa General Hospital, where she later died and he was arrested, police said. The little boy, who goes by the nickname “Gordo,” wasn’t injured.
Millie Gort, Gort’s sister, said her brother, Snyder, and the little boy recently had moved into the home at 2501 N. 54th St. Perez’s sister is the little boy’s mother, she said.
Police said the shootings were the result of a custody dispute over the boy, but Millie Gort said the two men were arguing about a woman.
“It was all about a girl and it just escalated from there,” she said.
Gordo saw the whole thing, she said.
Snyder was like a parent to the little boy, because his biological mother isn’t really involved in his life, said Millie Gort, 23. “He basically lost his mom and dad,” she said.
The couple was looking forward to throwing Gordo a fourth birthday party on Sunday, she said. He now is with his grandmother, who is “not taking things well,” Millie Gort said. The boy doesn’t really understand what is happening right now.
About 50 family members and friends gathered in the street in front of the house Saturday evening. They lit candles and released balloons and lanterns in memory of Gort, Snyder and Miller.
Perez was being held in the Hillsborough County jail, facing charges including first-degree murder, kidnapping and burglary.
He previously has been arrested on allegations of drug possession, drug trafficking and violation of probation, records show. Warrants for his arrest were issued earlier this week on charges of domestic battery. It was unclear Saturday if those warrants were related to the victims in the early-morning slayings.
Millie Gort said she is trying to stay strong for her family, and doesn’t know why Perez did what he did.
“I don’t want to talk to him,” she said. “I don’t have any words for him or his family.”