A 23-year-old man was arrested on Monday, Oct. 28, and charged with capital murder of multiple persons at a homecoming party Saturday night in Greenville, Texas.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said at a news conference that Brandon Ray Gonzales, of Greenville, is being held at the Hunt County jail and his bond is set at $1 million according to WFAA.
The suspect was arrested Monday morning at a local car dealership in Greenville where he worked as a mechanic.
Gonzales is believed to have acted alone and gone to the party targeting a specific individual. A motive has not been identified and a weapon has not yet been recovered, Meeks said.
When asked how investigators identified Gonzales as the alleged shooter, Meeks said, “We just kept pushing and pushing until people finally started coming forward.”
Gonzales admitted to investigators that he was at the party but has not admitted to being the shooter, Meeks said.
The shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. at The Party Venue on U.S. Highway 380, near the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. However, the event was not sanctioned by the school, according to officials.
Meeks believed about 750 people were in attendance at the venue, and when shots were fired, it sent panicked people fleeing for safety. Authorities said the gunman entered the building by the back door and began firing with a handgun—most likely to target just one person, before shooting others at random at the party.
The two men killed were identified as Kevin Berry Jr. of Dallas and Byron Cravens Jr. of Arlington, both 23, WFAA reported.
Four of the 12 injured were Texas A&M Commerce students, TAMUC confirmed in a tweet. They were treated at local hospitals and later release.
Five other victims remained hospitalized as of Monday afternoon, Meeks said. Four of the patients are in good condition and one is in critical condition, he said.
On Sunday night, gunfire erupted at a vigil for Berry, one of the two people killed, that was held at St. Augustine Park in Dallas. Dallas police said no one was injured but several vehicles were damaged.
Meeks said both Hunt County authorities and Dallas police don’t believe Gonzales is connected to the vigil shooting.