Name released of man shot after boys hit, killed

HOUSTON - The name of a driver who was shot to death after his vehicle struck and killed two boys near Alvin was released Monday, but many more questions remain.

Jose Banda, 20, was found in his car with a single gunshot wound to his head. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots shortly after Banda's vehicle slammed into a disabled pickup truck on Herring Road near Alvin at 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Investigators said the Barajas family was coming home from a family dinner when their truck ran out of gas. David Barajas II, 12, and his brother Caleb, 11, got out to help their father, David Barajas, push the pickup home. Detectives said they were almost to their driveway when Banda slammed into them from the rear. Both boys were killed. Their father received minor injuries.

Deputies said they did not find a gun in Banda's car or at the Barajas family home when it was searched on Saturday. They are not ruling out the possibility that Banda shot himself or was shot by someone riding with him or passing by.

"That's definitely a possibility and if that winds up being the case, we'll wind up looking for them as well. Tragic incident that's happened and we're determined to get to the bottom of it to see what happened," said Dominic Sanders with the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they are not naming any suspects at this point. They are trying to determine if anyone left the scene of the accident after Banda was shot.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brazoria County Crime Stoppers at 800-460-2222.

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