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Update: Police release names of victims in Terrell shooting spree

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UPDATE: During a press conference held today, Terrell Police Chief Jody Lay identified the names of the victims shot and killed Monday night.

55-year-old Belinda Young Walker, the aunt of the accused gunman, Charles Brownlow,she was the first victim.

The second victim has been identified as Brownlow's mother, 61-year-old Mary Catherine Brownlow. Chief Young said Mary was shot and killed before Brownlow set fire to her house.

The third and fourth victim have been identified as friends of Brownlow, 33-year-old Jason Michael Wooden and Kelly Slooter. A three year old child inside the house was not injured.

The fifth victim, a store clerk at a Ali's Market in on Hwy. 80 in Terrell has not been identified. Police say Brownlow shot and killed the clerk after he confronted Brownlow who was attempting to steal several items from the store.

 


 

TERRELL (CBS DFW) (KYTX) - A man accused in an overnight killing spree is in custody.

Authorities say 36-year-old Charles Brownlow is accused of killing five people, including burning one to death.

Neighbors tell CBS 19, Brownlow killed his mother before burning down her house, and that he was living with his mother at that home.

A family member also says Brownlow was recently kicked out of his aunt's house. She is one of the victims in Monday nights shooting spree.

The shooting spree began around 5 p.m. on Tyler Street, where a female victim was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

Less than a half hour later, a Terrell firefighter observed a house on fire on the 300 block of Stalling Street, just 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.

At this point in the investigation, the Texas Rangers and Kauffman County Sheriff's Officer were called in to assist.

Investigators determined that a car and an adult — identified as Brownlow — were missing from the burning home.

Police received a call of a shooting at a third location in the 800 block of Frances Street around 10 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, though witnesses described someone matching Brownlow's description fleeing the scene in the stolen vehicle.

While still gathering details on Frances Street, police received calls of a shooting in the 800 block of Eulalia Drive. Police found the bodies of a man and woman at the home; both had been shot. Witnesses again provided a suspect description matching that of Brownlow.

Investigators aren't sure what sparked the string of killings. Police have not identified the victims or their relationship with the suspect.

Miraculously, a 3-year-old child was found unharmed and in bed at that location. The child is in good condition and is now with relatives.

An off-duty officer observed the stolen vehicle and a man matching Brownlow's description at Ali's Market at 10:37 p.m. The suspect fled on foot, jumped in the stolen vehicle, and fled through a residential area. Brownlow then left his vehicle and fled on foot to a brush area.

At 1:30 a.m., a Texas DPS helicopter and ground units were able to locate Brownlow's position. He was quickly taken into custody without incident.

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

"We're all in a state of shock. You have a tendency to think, ‘how can that happen here?'" said Terrell Police chief Jody Lay. "This is a country community, a rural community. People are really close and this is going to have a big impact on us. We've had a tough year here in Kaufman County, and this makes it a little bit tougher, but we're going to get through it."

None of those killed has been officially identified at this point.

Public records show that Brownlow has an extensive criminal history. His past charges include burglary, assault-family violence, possession of marijuana, and the unlawful possession of a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing.

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