29-year-old charged with capital murder in double homicide
Published 3:28 pm Monday, January 22, 2018
A 29-year-old Dallas County man has been charged with two counts of capital murder for allegedly shooting two men to death Saturday morning.
According to Cpt. Mike Granthum with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Gordon was arrested for the double homicide. He is being held at the Dallas County Jail without bond.
The shooting happened sometime Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 7 and County Road 30, which is in the Tyler and Sardis area.
“This was ruthless. This was crazy,” Granthum said. “There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. He was there to take someone’s life.”
Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey identified the victims as 31-year-old Antonio Lamar Green and 40-year-old Corey Hardy.
“Two black males were in a car, and an older model blue Chevrolet truck pulls up to the car. We believe they were familiar with each other because they weren’t forced off the road or anything,” Granthum said. “The guy gets out of the truck, walks to the car and starts firing rounds into the car.”
Investigators believe the passenger was struck while inside the vehicle, and the driver tried to get out and flee.
“As he exits, shots were being fired at him. We don’t know if he was hit before he got over to the other side of the road or what, but we do know [the shooter] walked over to him,” Granthum said.
“The witnesses said he had his hands up like in a defensive mode, and the guy fires several more times.”
The shooter then took a red bag from the car and put it in his truck. Granthum said they are unsure what was in the bag.
“We can speculate what was going on, and we hear rumors of stuff that was going on, but what was in the red bag, we can’t say for sure. We don’t know,” he said.
“He gets a can of some type of flammable, which we think is gas or flammable liquid, and pours it over the car and sets it on fire with the guy that’s been shot inside,” Granthum said. “It burns the car totally up and burns the passenger up.”
Granthum said the double murder was witnessed by several hunters in the area, who tried to chase the shooter when he fled the scene.
“They saw the whole thing. They actually got in their truck and try to catch the blue truck, but the blue truck gets in excess of 100 miles per hour going down 19, and when 19 hits U.S. Highway 80 … it went towards Lowndes County,” he said.
Granthum said the hunters were not able to catch the truck, but they were a huge help in the case.
“You could tell they were a bit shook up after witnessing something like that, which is to be expected,” he said. “We had nothing to work on but evidence, which is good, but they added more pieces to the puzzle.”
Granthum said a motive is still unclear in the case.