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Police believe Charles Curry, 29, is behind a string of Wednesday afternoon shootings and a homicide that occurred on Monday.

See crimes that shocked Texas in 2018.

Police believe Charles Curry, 29, is behind a string of Wednesday afternoon shootings and a homicide that occurred on Monday.

See crimes that shocked Texas in 2018.

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Austin police believe a 29-year-old man is behind a Monday homicide and a string of shootings that occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday, the Austin Police Department named Charles Curry as the suspect in four separate shootings that injured two victims a day earlier. Police said he is also the suspect behind the shooting death of Christian Meroney, 32.

Police said Curry allegedly drove around in his car and shot at victims with a handgun.

He was arrested Wednesday evening at the apartment complex where Meroney was found dead with a gunshot shot wound. Police said the motive for both the shootings and homicide are unknown.

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A quick look at Curry's Linkedin profile shows that he claimed to work for Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Representative Lyle Larson.

The profile describes him as having a "financial background with a current focus in politics."

He also claimed to work as a policy analyst for the Texas Senate.

The president for the consulting firm that represented Speaker Straus, and who Curry worked for, told KXAN that the homicide suspect "exaggerated his LinkedIn profile and was never a campaign coordinator for his firm."

Curry is being held at the Travis County Jail with charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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