Crime Man arrested in Texas Halloween party shooting freed days after cop said he was '100%' guilty
The Latest: Authorities identify 2 killed in Texas shooting
The Latest on the shooting at an off-campus college party in Texas that left two dead (all times local): 10:10 a.m. Authorities are releasing the identities of the two men who were killed when a gunman opened fire at an off-campus college party in Texas. The Hunt County Sheriff's Office said Monday that the two men killed were 23-year-old Kevin Barry Jr. of Dallas and 23-year-old Byron Cravens Jr. of Arlington. The10:10 a.m.
The man arrested in connection with a deadlyin East Texas has been released after an investigation revealed "exculpatory evidence," authorities say.
Brandon Gonzales, a father of three, was arrested one day after violence erupted Oct. 27 at the Party Venue outside Greenville. Gunfire at the packed party near the campus of Texas A&M-Commerce killed two people, left 12 more injured and ignited "complete chaos" as hundreds of panicked partygoers scrambled for safety.
Mass shooting in Orinda: 4 killed, others injured at Halloween house party
Four people were killed and several others were injured in a shooting late Thursday night at a Halloween house party in Orinda, officials said. The killings took place on Lucille Way, in a forested neighborhood just west of Highway 24 and south of downtown Orinda. Police officers and paramedics flooded the area while taping off a large crime scene around the house where the shooting occurred. Injured people were helped from the property by friends or other guests, according to television news footage. The hosts of the party had rented out the house using an online service, according to reports.
At Gonzales’ first court appearance on Oct. 30, sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Haines said investigators were “100%, without a doubt” certain Gonzales was the shooter.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks defended the initial arrest warrant in a statement Tuesday, saying it was based on credible information and statements given to investigators.
"Law enforcement has diligently investigated this case and in the days since the arrest, additional information has come to light," Meeks said Tuesday. Due to the new evidence he did not reveal, along with a lack of cooperation from witnesses, he said he had asked the county prosecutor to "take no action on Mr. Gonzales’ case at this time" and release Gonzalez from custody.
Airbnb bans 'house parties' after Halloween shooting leaves five dead
House was reportedly rented as a one-night escape from nearby wildfire smoke.CEO Brian Chesky outlined the steps the company is taking "to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct." Among the steps the company is taking is the expansion of expansion of manual screening of "high-risk reservations" and creation of a dedicated "house party" rapid response team.
Meeks said the investigation was continuing, and he asked that anyone who was at the party or might otherwise have information reach out to 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," Meeks said. "They may not know the importance of any information they have."
Gonzales was jailed Oct. 28 on a $1 million bond, charged with capital murder after an arrest affidavit said a confidential informant told the Sheriff’s Office that Gonzales was the gunman. Killed in the shooting was Kevin Berry Jr. of Dallas and Byron Craven Jr. of Arlington, both 23.
When the arrest was announced, Meeks said authorities believed Gonzales acted alone and had targeted a specific individual.
A 24-year-old man killed in the California shooting that left 5 dead was there to DJ, his family says
Omar Taylor was at a Northern California Halloween party hoping to entertain the crowd with music. The 24-year-old man from Pittsburgh was there to DJ, but instead was shot and killed Thursday at the Orinda party advertised on social media, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office said. He was one of five people fatally shot."To get that call was devastating," Laneisha Epps, Taylor's stepmother told CNN affiliate KGO. "This was a senseless, careless act. It's such a traumatic experience the family is taking on now."The shooter remains on the run, according to authorities.
Gonzales told WFAA-TV that he had attended the party dressed as a security guard but was not inside when the shooting took place. The arrest affidavit quoted the confidential informant as saying Gonzales was seen in line to enter the hall and participating in a dice game with a large crowd in a restroom. The witness said that seconds after Gonzales emerged from the restroom, he opened fire on the hall.
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Gonzales said he was arrested the next day at the car dealership where he works. He was released Tuesday night.
"I was about to go to sleep, and then a guard came in and told me to get all my things," Gonzales told the TV station. "I was like, 'I'm going home?'"
Activist Jeff Hood, who organized a weekend protest of the arrest, said Gonzales should never have been locked up.
“Ultimately this case illustrates the incompetence of law enforcement in Hunt County,” Hood said Tuesday night. “The spirit of justice has arrived and Brandon Gonzales is now free.”
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