Two men from Terrebonne Parish were killed in Houston in what police suspect was a drug-related shooting.
According to Harris County medical examiners, Binel Gasery III, 33, and Bradley James Barker, 25, both of Gray, were shot and killed just before 6 p.m. Thursday on East Interstate 10.
Police said they found the two men suffering from gunshot wounds inside their crashed silver Nissan sedan on the eastbound lanes of the highway. Both victims were unresponsive and died at the scene.
Witnesses told police an unidentified man ran toward the victims’ car after it crashed and fired multiple times with a rifle. The shooter then fled the scene and remained at large as of Monday night.
A Houston Police spokesman said Monday the case is in its early stages of investigation and that the suspects and victims may have known one another.
Although a motive for the slaying was not known, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo speculated that it could have involved drugs.
“The investigation continues. There is a high probability the murders are drug-related,” the police chief wrote Friday on his Twitter page.
The suspect is described as a thin Hispanic male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and was last seen wearing a red shirt.
Police said the man fled the area in a newer model, dark-colored four-door sedan with unknown license plates.
According to Gasery’s obituary, he is a native of Terrebonne Parish and a resident of Gray. He leaves behind a wife and four sisters.
His funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mark Baptist Church, 1914 W. Main St., Schriever. The burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Gray.
Barker leaves behind a son, parents, three brothers, four sisters and a host of other relatives and friends, according to his obituary. His funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Wright Baptist Church, La. 316, Gray.
His burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery.