Shooting at Texas college party leads to two deaths

By Elizabeth Casalnova
Staff Writer

On Oct. 26, a gunman opened fire at an off-campus Texas A&M University homecoming party in Greenville, Texas, killing two people and injuring 12 more, according to The Texas Tribune.

Brandon Gonzales, a 23-year-old mechanic, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the shootings, according to CBS News. 

The Associated Press reported that officials believe the suspect had a target, even though he continued to fire at random, according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

Gonzales claimed he was attending the party, but was outside in a car when the gunshots erupted, according to CBS News.

Approximately 750 people were attending the party 15 miles away from the university when gunshots were fired, sending the mass of people into “‘complete chaos,’” Meeks told The Associated Press.

The two victims include Kevin Berry Jr. of Dallas and Byron Craven Jr. of Arlington, both of whom are 23 years old. A vigil for the victims was held at Dallas Park on Oct. 27, where another gunman opened fire after an alleged disturbance. Dallas police said no one was immediately injured, according to The Associated Press.

Another gunman opens fire at a vigil for the victims (Facebook).

Of the 12 injured victims of the shooting at the party, six were wounded by gunshots. The Associated Press reported that four of the victims are in critical condition, one is in good condition and the condition of the sixth is unknown, according to Sgt. Jeff Haines, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department. 

According to CBS News, authorities also believe that the gunman entered through the back of the house and began firing. Police have not yet found a motive.

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