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Drug-related killing?

Thomas James Ballantyne, 52, Bayou Body Count No. 240

Police think drugs have something to do with the broad-daylight gunning down of a man in his driveway yesterday.

Thomas James Ballantyne, 52, suffered multiple gunshot wounds at his northeast-side home about 4 p.m. Thursday.

"It is believed he was robbed and shot multiple times in a drug-related incident," HPD  said. "Although there are no known witnesses to the shooting, neighbors and coworkers told investigators an unknown black male in an older, white vehicle has been seen at Ballantyne's home every Thursday evening to conduct what appeared to be drug transactions."

The shooting happened in the 4500 block of Saunders.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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