NPR for North Texas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Gonzales Freed, Greenville Shooting Investigation Continues

Brandon Ray Gonzales, 23, of Greenville, has been released following more than a week in the Hunt County jail.
Hunt County Sheriff's Office
Brandon Ray Gonzales, 23, of Greenville, has been released following more than a week in the Hunt County jail.

Brandon Gonzales, who had been accused of being the gunman in the deadly shooting that left two men dead near Greenville last month, has been released from the Hunt County jail.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office take no action on Brandon Gonzales’ case and that he be released from custody.

Gonzales, 23, of Greenville, was charged with capital murder in connection with the deaths of two DFW-area men at The Party Venue at Oct. 26. In addition to the two killed, 12 more were injured – six by gunfire and six in the mayhem of people trying to escape the building.

Four of those injured were Texas A&M University-Commerce students. Their injuries were minor and they were treated and released from area hospitals the following day.

Gonzales was arrested on Oct. 28 at a local car dealership where he worked.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said “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.”

Many people on social media began saying immediately after Gonzales’ arrest that he was not the shooter. More than 100 supporters attended a peaceful rally in Greenville Nov. 2 to assert their belief in his innocence.

“We will continue our investigative efforts into the shooting,” Meeks said in a release. “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.”

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Hunt County Sherriff’s Office at 903-408-6800, or to report anonymously to Hunt County Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929.

Copyright 2020 88.9 KETR. To see more, visit .

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed a increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards. Before coming to Northeast Texas, Haslett worked for High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations, as well as the NPR Newscast. Haslett has also worked as an editor and reporter in both news and sports at newspapers in the Southwest and Midwest. Haslett developed a passion for radio as a youth, when he helped his father, a program host at (now-defunct) WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss.