Crowley police are investigating a shooting that happened at a funeral at First Baptist Church this morning.
Chief Jimmy Broussard says a person attending the funeral of 26-year-old Brydon Gray and his mother was injured in the shooting. The male victim was taken to the hospital after being shot three times. He remains in serious condition. Multiple shots were fired, according to Broussard.
The shooting happened around 11 a.m. outside of the church on East 4th Street.
According to Aaron Wilson, a Pentecostal bishop who was leading the service, says about two to three hundred people were at the funeral when the shooting happened.
“It took a lot of courage because it was so noisy in there, but they were able to compose themselves as much as they could, but at the same time, they were terrified because they didn’t know if any of their children got hit because they didn’t know where the bullet went,” explained Wilson.
Gray was the victim of an October 28 shooting. His mother died a few days later of natural causes, police say. The funeral was being held for the both of them.
Funeral director Laura Semien was just a few yards away when the shooting happened.
“I looked back and seen that he had grabbed his right side, and he went down on one knee and then kind of, like, crawled himself around to the back of the hearse to where we were,” said Semien.
Semien says the ambulance didn’t come to the scene.
“We made the decision first to put him in the back of the hearse to take him to the hospital, but because of the fact that we were appointed for a funeral with the hearse, we could not leave,” said Semien.
Police then took the victim to a local hospital. He was then flown to a regional medical center for extensive surgery.
No arrests have been made.
I’m with Bishop Aaron Wilson who was leading the funeral ceremony this morning at First Baptist in Crowley when a man was shot outside. It was a double funeral for 26 year old Crowley resident Brydon Gray who was shot in Crowley nearly two weeks ago and his mother who died of natural causes a few days after her son was shot.
Posted by Josh Meny on Saturday, November 10, 2018