Accused Greenville Shooter Released; Lack Of Cooperation From Witnesses, Evidence

Austin York
November 06, 2019 - 6:17 am
Brandon Gonzales

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GREENVILLE (1080 KRLD) - In a shocking turn of events, Hunt County authorities are releasing the man they arrested for the shooting at a party in Greenville that killed 2 and injured 6 others.

Authorities say it is because of the lack of cooperation from witnesses and discovery of exculpatory evidence. They are asking the district attorney to take no action against Brandon Gonzales and the he be released from custody.

Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of capital murder for the deadly shooting at The Party Venue outside of Greenville.

From the beginning Gonzales family and friends came to his defense.

"This is not my brother. It's not who they are making him out to be. He couldn't do this. I know my brother," says Gabriel Gonzales.

A rally was held over the weekend outside the jail demanding his release.

Deputies say they are continuing the investigation and are asking anyone at the venue that night to come forward.

Here is the complete statement from Sheriff Randy Meeks:

The Hunt County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the shooting that occurred on October 27, 2019 at the Party Venue on U.S. Highway 380. On October 28. 2019, Brandon Gonzales was arrested in connection to the shooting. The probable cause arrest was based on credible information and statements given to law enforcement. Law enforcement has diligently investigated this case and in the days since the arrest, additional information has come to light. Due to the lack of cooperation from witnesses and discovery of exculpatory evidence during the course of the investigation, we have requested the Hunt County District Attorney's Office take no action on Mr. Gonzales' case at this time, and that he be released from custody.

We will continue our investigative efforts into the shooting. We know there are many people who were present at the Party Venue on Sunday, October 27, 2019 who have not spoken with law enforcement.  Though individuals may have reasons for not wishing to come forward, we ask that they do so and tell law enforcement what you saw and heard that night no matter how small the information may be. They may not know the importance of any information they have. 

If you were present at the Party Venue or have any information regarding this case, please contact the Hunt County Sheriff's Office at 903-408-6800, or to remain anonymous you may contact Hunt County Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929.