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Shooting spree suspect connected to south Austin homicide, police say

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who police say is the suspect in Monday's homicide at the Post South Lamar apartments allegedly went on a shooting spree in south Austin on Wednesday afternoon. 

Police say one of the victims called just after 2 p.m. on the northbound service road of Interstate 35 just south of William Cannon Drive. The man told officers someone fired a gun at his vehicle. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Charles Curry, in the Interstate 35 shooting is linked to three other incidents at nearby locations. A second person was injured in one of those shootings.  

Authorities arrested Curry around 6 p.m. at the Post South Lamar apartments located at 1500 South Lamar Blvd. 

Around 4:45 p.m., residents at the Post South Lamar apartments received an alert from the management team asking people to stay in their units because APD was on site and "actively in pursuit of a possible shooter suspect." 

Witnesses sent us video of a man getting arrested in a driveway between two apartment buildings just before 6 p.m. 

A KXAN viewer on Twitter says a suspect shot at his son and daughter while they were driving in the garage at the Post South Lamar apartments around 3 p.m. He says the bullet went through their car door. 

Patrick Stuart, who lives in the building, said he hid in his closet after receiving a message from the complex.

The Post South Lamar apartment complex is the same location where a man was shot and killed earlier this week. Police confirmed Thursday morning that Curry is the suspect in the homicide of Christian Meroney. The apartment complex originally made the connection Wednesday evening when it sent a message to residents stating the suspect from Monday's homicide is in custody.

"I was just thinking thank goodness because these last two days have been a little scary because there was a killer on the loose and we didn't know who killed him and it was a brutal killing," Stuart said.

People who live on the third floor of one of the buildings were evacuated as law enforcement continues its investigation. One resident tells us they saw a bullet hole in a wall on the third floor of the apartment complex.


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