Charles Curry has been arrested after shooting at multiple individuals within approximately a 40-minute period on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. A warrant for the murder of Christian Meroney will be issued later today.
On Monday, July 9, 2018, Austin 9-1-1 received a call of shots fired at the Post South Lamar apartments. Upon arrival, Austin police officers located Christian Meroney with obvious trauma to this body. Witnesses were attending to him. Officers joined the life saving measures until Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene. Despite everyone’s efforts, Meroney succumbed to the trauma and was pronounced deceased on scene at 1:56 p.m.
Homicide detectives arrived and began their investigation. Witnesses were located and interviewed. Evidence left behind at the scene was collected and was processed in hopes of identifying the suspect.
The Travis County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the manner of death a homicide. Christian Meroney died from a gunshot wound.
On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at approximately 2:07 p.m. APD responded to a Gun Hot Shot call in the 8100 block of the IH 35 northbound service road. In this incident, the suspect shot at a vehicle, injuring the driver. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was involved in three other incidents at nearby locations. One other person was injured and transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Around 6 p.m. that same day, the suspect was taken into custody.
The shootings occurred at:
8000 blk S. IH-35
5300 blk Ponciana
1500 S. Lamar Blvd.
4000 blk S. Lamar Blvd.
The victims' injuries ranged from shattered glass to a gunshot wound.
APD recovered the gun from Curry’s vehicle that linked him to the crime scenes. Ballistic evidence was also collected where Christian Meroney was murdered.
Further forensic analysis is necessary and continuing. The results of which will determine additional charges on Charles Curry.
Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android or by email at Homicide.APD@austintexas.gov.
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