Two brothers are behind bars following a deadly shooting in rural Weslaco but authorities believe they are also involved in an aggravated assault in Elsa.
This is third homicide the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this year.
17-year-old Jose Angel Becerra & 20-year-old Isaac Becerra, who are both from Elsa, are facing capital murder charges for the death of 22-year old Jesus Hinojosa but authorities believe additional charges could be filed.
Hinojosa died from gunshot wounds to his torso, leg and arm.
Officials believe a botched drug deal and robbery lead to the deadly shooting at the Fast Break Convenience Store on Mile 15 North and FM 88.
Although the suspects fled from the scene, authorities were able to locate Jose at a hotel in Harlingen around 9 p.m. Monday night. Isaac was found around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Weslaco area.
A few hours before the shooting on Sunday, deputies responded to a call, just down the road in Elsa of a deadly conduct.
Through the course of the investigation, investigators obtained photo line-ups and phone records and believe the Becerra brothers were involved in both incidents.
“The victim reported that he was walking home. A dark colored SUV that was occupied by rival gang members that he knows as Jose Becerra shot at him several times and actually hit him. At this time, we believe the shooting is gang-related,” said Sheriff Eddie Guerra with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they recovered two handguns which they believe was used in the shootings.
Guerra says the other shooting victim, who is 22-years-old, and also had gunshot wounds remains in the intensive care unit.
Authorities added that both men had a record.
Both men were denied bond due to the charges that have been filed against them.
During the men’s arraignment, Isaac asked why he wasn’t getting a bond saying, “I don’t qualify for a bond?” To which the judge said that he does qualify for a bond but it was his decision to deny bond. Isaac also refused to sign a document stating that his rights were read to him.
The case remains under investigation. If you have any information, contact Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office at (956) 383-8114 or Crime Stoppers at (956) 668-8477.