Suspected Terrell Shooter Faces Capital Murder Charge

(KXAS) -- A man suspected of fatally shooting five people in Terrell overnight Monday faces one charge of capital murder and more charges are anticipated, Terrell Chief of Police Jody Lay said Tuesday afternoon.

During a news conference, Lay outlined the timeline of events that took place in the city between roughly 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday night.

  • At 5 p.m., officers were called to 308 Tyler Street where 55-year-old Belinda Young Walker was found deceased with at least one gunshot wound to the head.
  • At 5:30 p.m., a firefighter spotted a house fire at 309 Stallings Street. The fire was quickly extinguished, though a woman's body was recovered inside the residence.  The woman has been tentatively identified as 61-year-old Mary Catherine Brownlow.

Arson investigators determined that the fire was started intentionally. Meanwhile, police learned that a person who lived at the Stallings Street address, as well as a white Ford sedan that was tied to the address, were unaccounted for. The missing person was identified as 36-year-old Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., the nephew to the victim on Tyler Street and the son to the woman whose body was found in the burning home.

"Because of the family relation between the two victims and the suspect, the two incidents appeared to be related to investigators at that time," said Lay.


  • At 10 p.m. as police continued their investigations at the homes on Tyler and Stalling streets, police received a call of a shooting at 806 N. Francis Street involving a man that matched Brownlow's description who was also driving a white car.  While no one was injured in the shooting, numerous shots were reported to have been fired.
  • At 10:27 p.m., as details were being gathered by emergency responders at the Francis Street location, another shooting call was received.  When officers arrived at the residence on Eulalia Drive, they found the bodies of man and woman deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  The victims were identified as 33-year-old Jason Michael Wooden and 30-year-old Kelleye Lynette Sluder Pratt.  A 3-year-old child found at the house was in good condition and released to family members.
  • At 10:37 p.m., an off-duty officer noticed the suspect's vehicle parked at Ali's convenience store.  As the off-duty officer called-in the vehicle, the suspect quickly left the convenience store and sped off.  When officers went into the store they discovered the clerk had been fatally shot. The victim at the store was identified by a friend at the scene as Luis Leal. Police believe he was randomly targeted by the alleged shooter.


Following up on the off-duty officer's tip, police caught up to the driver who led them on a high-speed chase.  The driver eventually crashed and fled on food.  Pursuing officers lost sight of the man after chasing him in the dark for about 150 yards.  A perimeter was established and, using dogs and a helicopter with infrared vision, the man was located. The man was taken into custody at about 1:30 a.m. and identified as Charles E. Brownlow, Jr.

During a news conference Tuesday, Lay refused to speculate on a motive for the shootings but revealed that Brownlow did, "appear to be intoxicated on some sort of substance," but that at this point in the investigation they didn't know what that substance was.

Brownlow is now being held on one count of capital murder, for the death of the clerk at Ali's convenience store, and one count of evading arrest in a vehicle. The other four homicides are still under investigation, police said, and additional charges are expected to be filed.

NBC 5 has learned Brownlow has a lengthy criminal history and had pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, drug possesion, assault and possession of a prohibited weapon, the latter for which he received three years in jail in 2008.

Lay said in Tuesday's news conference that had police not caught Brownlow when they did, he worries there might have been further fatalities.


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