Man charged in shooting deaths of girlfriend, her daughter

HOUSTON (AP) - Police are searching for a 23-year-old man who they say shot and killed his girlfriend and her baby daughter in their Houston home.

Authorities said in a statement Monday that Jonathan Figueroa is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 26-year-old Veronica Mercado and her daughter, Linette Cano, who would have turned 2 later this month.

Police believe Figueroa is driving toward the Mexican border in a maroon 2004 Ford Taurus with Texas license plate CTS 3225. He is not the father of Cano.

The two were shot multiple times Friday morning and died at the scene. Mercado was found still holding the child.

Authorities say the home's front door had been forced open.

Police said earlier that they were seeking Mercado's boyfriend and that the two had a history of domestic violence.

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