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Alex went through a colourful phase when he was young:

First he fired guns,
next, after a street drug,
he went to pick pockets often,
becoming adept at causing fractures,
he'd contrive evidence against the innocent,
and then he had a basic raw material for arson.

What was he up to?

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It sounds like he was

Playing snooker

First he fired guns,

Taking shots.

next, after a street drug,

Pot.

he went to pick pockets often,

Also, when there is no referee, players must pick the ball out of the pockets themselves to reset the game. (clarified by Tom)
Original: Picking pockets into which to pot the balls. (only really makes sense in pool)

becoming adept at causing fractures,

At the start of each game he would break.
Also, a succession of pots by a single player is also called a break. (clarified by Tom)

he'd contrive evidence against the innocent,

Each game is called a frame.

and then he had a basic raw material for arson.

Eventually he would win matches.

First line (thanks Stiv for drawing my attention in the comments)

The term colourful could refer to the colours of the balls.
Perhaps Alex refers to Alex Higgins.

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  • $\begingroup$ This might also explain the 'colourful' phase... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Apr 13, 2020 at 19:13
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    $\begingroup$ All good and either. Own thinking: l3 rot13(vs ab ersrerr, yvsgvat gur onyy bhg bs cbpxrgf), l4 rot13(frdhrapr bs cbgf). Yes to first line. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Apr 13, 2020 at 21:38
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for completely solving this hexomino. I could've (taken time and) appended something like, he was - 'in debt, scared, inexperienced, study depressed, sad, elite, and a 7th line, he was going to a furnace - had money', to each line. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Apr 14, 2020 at 20:59

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