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Shooting in Texas: Man kills mother, four others

Terrell, Texas: A Texas man suspected of shooting to death his mother and aunt and three others in four locations was in custody on Tuesday after a manhunt and high-speed car chase through the Texas community of Terrell, law enforcement authorities said.

Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., 36, was found in a wooded area about 1.30 am local time, according to Terrell Police Department spokesman AD Sansom. Terrell, a town of 16,000, is about 30 miles (48 km) east of Dallas.

Police said they had no motive for the killings in three homes and a convenience store.

Policeman carrying weapon walks in front of the Silverwood Apartments where a suspect barricaded himself after a shooting and a gunfight with police in Arlington. Reuters

Policeman carrying weapon walks in front an apartment building. Picture for representational purposes only. Reuters

"We are still in the process of putting this massive investigation together and still taking care to make sure surviving family members are notified appropriately," Sansom said.

Brownlow had a history of criminal behavior and had been released from prison in the last few months, according to Raylanette Brown, who said she is the maternal grandmother of a 15-year-old daughter of Brownlow. She said her granddaughter and Brownlow's mother, with whom he lived, were afraid of him.

Brown said Brownlow had called family members on Monday telling them he was going to kill them.

Police said they first found the body of a woman who had been shot in the head at one home at about 5 p.m. on Monday. A short time later, a few blocks away, firefighters saw flames coming from a house where Brownlow lived with his mother. Inside, police found a second woman dead. Brownlow and a white Ford Focus were missing from the home, and police began searching for him.

About 10 p.m. on Monday, police were called about a shooting at a third location involving a man fitting Brownlow's description, but no one was injured.

Police were then sent to another house where a man and a woman were found dead and a three-year-old boy was alive in his bed. The suspect in that shooting matched Brownlow's description and was driving a white Ford Focus, police said.

Police spotted the car outside a convenience store, and a man fitting Brownlow's description inside the store. As an officer called in the location, the man drove off, leading police on a high-speed chase until he wrecked the car and ran into a wooded area.

Investigators found a fifth victim dead inside the convenience store.

A state police helicopter using an infrared heat-detecting device helped find Brownlow in a creek bed, said Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Terrell is in Kaufman County, where Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, were killed earlier this year. A former local justice of the peace, Eric L. Williams, and his wife, Kim, have been charged in those killings.

AP