A man with reported Lexington ties is suspected in a Texas murder and has been charged in connection with a shooting spree that injured two.
Charles Wilson Curry, Jr., 29, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Austin police said Thursday that they expect more charges to be filed against him, including murder.
According to a Facebook page for Charles Curry, which is being cited by multiple media outlets as belonging to the man charged, he is from Lexington and attended Henry Clay High School. He worked at Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan in Lexington before moving to Austin where he worked in the Texas Senate, a political campaign and a private consulting firm, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.
The investigation began on Wednesday when two people were injured in south Austin during a series of four reported shootings in the span of about an hour. Two women received minor injuries when a man described as driving a white Chevy Tahoe opened fire from his moving vehicle, according to the Austin Police Department.
During the investigation, it was determined that the shootings Wednesday were tied to the Monday shooting death of Christian M. Meroney, 32, according to Austin police.
Investigators are still working to determine the motive of the shootings, and it is unclear whether Curry and Meroney knew each other.
KXAN, an Austin news station, reported that on Monday afternoon, Meroney was found shot in the hallway of the Post South Lamar Apartments, the same apartment complex where Curry lives.
On Wednesday afternoon, Curry tried to buy a suppressor for his gun, but he was turned away because he was “acting strangely,” according to an affidavit obtained by WXAN.
Just after leaving the gun store in a Chevrolet Tahoe, Curry allegedly shot a woman who was driving past his vehicle. The woman, who had three children in the vehicle with her, sustained a superficial gunshot wound to the head, the station reported.
The station reported that a second woman was shot about a half-hour later while driving.
Both women were expected to recover.
After the shootings on Wednesday, Curry was arrested while trying to get into his suite at the apartment building. His key had been deactivated, the television station reported.
Curry went to Vanderbilt University from 2007 to 2011 before moving to Texas in 2017 to work in politics, according to KXAN. The station reports that Curry worked for a state senator in Austin for a legislative session in 2016 before being fired. He then was said to have disappeared for two weeks with a reported medical issue while working with a consulting firm. The station reported that he was later fired for poor job performance during work on another Texas legislator’s campaign.
Curry is being held in the Travis County jail in Texas on a bond of $250,000 cash or surety.