Police on Tuesday arrested a 36-year-old man hiding in the woods who is suspected of killing five people, including his mother and his aunt, in a shooting spree around the small Texas community of Terrell, a county official said.
Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., 36, was captured early Tuesday after a manhunt in Terrell, about 30 miles east of Dallas, said the official, who asked that he not be identified but had been briefed by police.
Brownlow's arrest capped a series of grisly discoveries as the killings unfolded in four locations in Terrell, a town of 16,000 people.
Police found the body of a woman who had been shot in the head at one home about 5 p.m. local time Monday afternoon. A short time later, firefighters spotted flames coming from Brownlow's home a few blocks away and found another woman dead of gunshot wounds.
Late Monday night, a man and a woman were found shot to death at another home, where a 3-year-old boy was discovered alive in his bed, the county official said.
The fifth body, a man, was found at a convenience store and police chased a man fleeing in a car. At a dead end, the driver ran into the woods and was found hiding in a creek at least a mile from the store, the official said.
Police did not give a motive for the shootings and did not release the names of the victims.
A Terrell Police spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Terrell is located in Kaufman County, where District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, as well as Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse were killed earlier this year. A former local justice of the peace, Eric L. Williams, and his wife Kim, have been charged with murder in the killings.
(Reporting by Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas, and Jane Sutton in Miami; Editing by Scott Malone, Doina Chiacu and Leslie Adler)