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A gunman on a shooting spree in Memphis, TN was finally taken into custody in Whitehaven after hours of shooting. Ezekiel Kelly, 19, killed four and wounded three in random attacks while driving around Memphis – and live-streaming the incidents on Facebook.
During the hours-long spree, police warned people in the city to take shelter in place.
“If you do not have to be out, stay indoors until this is resolved,” Memphis police said in a Tweet. Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and a Baseball stadium were locked down as public bus service remained suspended.
In a news conference, Memphis Police Director Cerelyn Davis said the shooter killed four people and wounded three in seven separate shootings and three carjackings.
“The first killing was at 12:56 a.m. Wednesday and officers responded to three more crime scenes before receiving a tip at 6:12 p.m. that the suspect was live streaming himself, threatening to cause harm to citizens”, Davis said.
Reports from the police indicate Kelly killed a woman and used her Toyota SUV to drive around Memphis. He later dumped the car and took another man’s Dodge Challenger in Southaven, Mississippi.
Two hours after police had issued an alert on Twitter, Kelly was arrested after crashing the Challenger in a high-speed chase. He had two guns with him in the vehicle.
Police didn’t disclose the shooter’s motive or information about those he killed or wounded. The acting assistant ATF special agent in Memphis said it was too early to discuss more details of the shooting.
Court records show Kelly was charged with aggravated assault, first-degree murder, and illegally possessing a firearm in February 2020. 17-year-old Kelly at the time pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3-year imprisonment in April 2021. Eleven months into the sentence, he was released as a way of criminal justice.