MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A judge has denied bond for a Miami man who shot his ex-wife in front of their young son.
The shooting happened around 8 p.m. at Jeannette Montejo’s home at 270 NW 99th Street. Hector Garcia, 59, forced his way inside and shot her in the stomach in front of the boy, according to police.
“My dad shot one time on my mom on the stomach,” said five year old Mike Garcia. “My mom was bleeding, bleeding a lot.”
Garcia spoke to CBS4 with the consent of the family.
As Hector Garcia left the house and he reportedly shot Montejo’s boyfriend, 58-year old Abraham Rodriguez, twice in the chest and neck area before taking off.
One of Montejo’s neighbors told CBS4 he heard four gunshots. Kenneth Meija added that Montejo knew Garcia had it out for them.
“Hector was mad. He was like caught previously saying ‘oh I’m going to kill you and I’m going to kill him’. They even bought locks, literally they bought different door handles and everything just so he couldn’t get in,” said Mejia. “They knew this was going to happen. They even made, um, they reported it. They went to two different precincts and they were told the same thing, it’s going to be at least a month before your case will get noticed. This is what happens, this is the result.”
Both Montejo, 38, and Rodriguez were taken to the Ryder Trauma Center. She was in serious condition, he was in critical condition.
“She’s a good mom,” said Mike Garcia,”But that’s why my dad was going to kill her. That’s why I don’t like my Dad and why I told police officers what happened to my mom.”
Miami-Dade Police detectives searched the Northwest Miami-Dade family home where Hector Garcia was arrested. They looked inside the home, inside a truck and one detective was seen on top of a roof. A source told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that they were looking for evidence including a weapon.
The home was sealed off with yellow crime scene tape. Police said no evidence was seized.
D’Oench also spoke with Hector Garcia’s father, Luis, who told him in Spanish, “My son went crazy. He went crazy with that woman. He had lived with her a long time. They did get along well at one point.
But he went crazy. He has to be crazy. He has two children. He’s not well.”
Garcia’s cousin Kevin Lirio said, “This is unbelievable. I can’t believe what happened. I am still in shock. He’s normally not that type of person.”
“That man should never come out, he should never come out, he threatened my life also,” said Susana Fadraga.
A family friend, Fadraga said Garcia was abusive to Montejo during their marriage. She said Garcia had planned this attack and even stole a key from the couple’s teenage son and made a copy of it because Montejo had changed the locks. Fadraga said she reached out for help from police two weeks ago.
“I explained to the cops that he does have a gun and he has threatened me and her,” said Fadraga. “They didn’t do nothing because obviously he didn’t do nothing in that moment so they didn’t arrest him.”
Mike Garcia is staying with Fadraga until his mother is released from the hospital.
Garcia has been charged with two counts of attempted murder with a firearm.
“They could have been fatally wounded,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Elena Rodriguez.
“We feel sad that this happened,” said neighbor Nolberto Sagastizado. “This sort of thing has never happened around here.”
“I feel really bad,” said another neighbor, Micius Castin. “They are nice people.”
Court records show that Hector Garcia owed his estranged wife more than $800.
He and his estranged wife also have a 15-year-old son. He was not in the home at the time of the shooting.
When Garcia appeared before a judge in bond court, he was ordered to stay away from both his estranged wife and her boyfriend.