Texas Murder Spree: Charles Brownlow arrested on suspicion of killing 5 people in 4 different locations

Charles Brownlow, 36, arrested on suspicion of killing five people in murder spree.
Terell PD via CBS Dallas
Charles Brownlow, 36, arrested on suspicion of killing five people in murder spree.
Terrell PD via CBS Dallas

(CBS/AP) TERRELL, Texas - Police say a man accused of killing five people - including one who may have burned to death - is in custody.

Charles Brownlow, 36, is accused of going on a killing spree Monday night, reports CBS Dallas. Police say the bloodshed began Monday night at around 5 p.m., in a house in Terrell where a woman was found fatally shot. 

The station reports that less than a half hour later, a Terrell firefighter observed a house on fire a few blocks away from the initial shooting. After the fire was extinguished, a female body was discovered inside the home. Police say the fire was clearly arson and established a connection between the two crimes.

Police received a call of a shooting at a third location around 10 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, though witnesses described someone matching Brownlow's description fleeing the scene in a vehicle allegedly stolen from the burning home.

While still gathering details at the third location, police received calls of another shooting. When they arrived, police found the bodies of a man and woman at the home; both had been shot. A 3-year-old child was found unharmed and witnesses again provided a suspect description matching that of Brownlow. 

Finally, CBS Dallas reports that an off-duty officer saw the stolen vehicle and a man matching Brownlow's description at Ali's Market at 10:37 p.m. The suspect fled and was apprehended at about 1:30 a.m. He was reportedly taken into custody without incident.

A store employee was later found shot dead at Ali's Market.

Brownlow has an extensive criminal record that includes charges of burglary, assault-family violence, possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the station.

It is unclear if the suspect knew the victims, who have not yet been named. An investigation is ongoing. 

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