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Marine told pregnant wife shot

The Associated Press
| Saturday, November 20, 2004 12:00 a.m

YORK — Lance Cpl. Justin Cook was serving with a Marine Corps combat unit in Fallujah on Monday when a sergeant, captain and chaplain took him aside and read a message from the Red Cross telling him that his pregnant wife had been seriously wounded in an apparently random shooting.

Julia Cook was visiting high-school friends in York the previous night when someone shot her in the head with a shotgun, then drove away.

Justin Cook said his mind raced at the news — “a whole whirlwind of emotions, from anger (to) fear.”

Noel Gomez, 19, who was arrested at nearby motel six hours after the shooting, told detectives that he decided ahead of time on a location where he wanted to kill someone, according to his arrest affidavit.

Julia Cook, 21, who was living with her parents in Mannsville, N.Y., while awaiting the February birth of her son, was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Justin Cook, 23, said his wife has already had one operation and more are expected. The couple, married for almost two years, has picked out a name for the boy they are expecting, Calvin.

Gomez is jailed without bond, charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault of both Julia Cook and the unborn child, and reckless endangerment. The York public defender’s office said Friday that Gomez’s lawyer was unavailable for comment.

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