A man with an extensive criminal history was arrested on Tuesday after five people died in a killing spree just east of Dallas, CBS said. A sixth person was shot and wounded.
Charles Brownlow, 36, began his crime spree around 5 p.m. on Monday in Terrell, Texas, just 30 miles south of Dallas in Kaufman country, where a female victim was found with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
Another female victim was found dead less than a half hour later in what authorities said is a clear case of arson.
Brownlow’s third and fourth victims, a man and woman, were found in a home around 10:30 p.m. on Monday. A three-year-old boy was found sleeping and unharmed at the same location.
The fifth victim, an employee at Ali’s Market, was found dead from a gunshot wound at the store. A high-speed chase followed the discovery of the fifth victim’s body. Police caught Brownlow at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and took him into custody.
“We’re all in a state of shock. You have a tendency to think, ‘how can that happen here?’” Terrell Police chief Jody Lay told CBS Dallas/Fort Worth. “This is a country community, a rural community. People are really close and this is going to have a big impact on us.”
Brownlow’s criminal history includes arrests for burglary, assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana, authorities said.
The names of the victims were being withheld pending notificiation of next of kin.