Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., 36, was captured early Tuesday after a door-to-door manhunt in Terrell, about 30 miles (48 km) east of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News said.
His arrest capped a series of grisly discoveries as the killings unfolded in four locations in the town of 16,000 people.
Police found the body of a woman who had been shot in the head at one home on 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 (October 28), a man and woman were found shot to death at another home, where a 3-year-old boy was discovered alive in his bed, the newspaper 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 about a mile from the store, the newspaper reported.
The shooting spree occurred in Kaufman County, Texas, where District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, as well as Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse were killed earlier this year.
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