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 (48 km) 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.