Party Venue Shooting Suspect in Custody

Oct 28, 2019

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Greenville man suspected of killing two people and wounding others at a party late Saturday night.

On Monday morning, sheriff’s deputies arrested 23-year-old Brandon Ray Gonzales. He was charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held at the Hunt County jail on one million dollars’ bond.

Sheriff Randy Meeks said deputies found Gonzales at a Greenville auto dealership, where he worked in the service department. Meeks said Gonzales was taken into custody without incident and while he has admitted to being at the party Saturday night, Gonzales has not confessed to any crimes. Officials say they have no motive for the shooting, but still believe that one of the two men killed was targeted by the gunman, with the other shots being random.

About 750 people, including some students from nearby Texas A&M University-Commerce, attended the party at an events-rental venue just west of Greenville. Around midnight, a gunman entered the building and fatally shot two men, later identified as 23-year-old Kevin Berry of Dallas and Byron Craven, Jr., of Arlington, also 23.

Twelve others also suffered injuries, and on Monday Meeks said that one of those injured remains hospitalized in critical condition. Officials stressed that the investigation remains ongoing. However, Meeks did say that he does not expect to make any more arrests in this case.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Mark Rudin announced Monday evening that classes would be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday, although university offices would remain open. Earlier on Monday, the university announced the cancellation of a Monday afternoon community gathering organized in response to the shootings. A Sunday night vigil in Dallas mourning Berry was marred by gunfire that broke out near mourners at the event's conclusion. None were struck by gunfire, though several vehicles were damaged.