Police say suspect killed in Memphis 4 shooting in rampage

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Police in Memphis, Tennessee, said a man who drove through town shooting people and killed four people amid an hour-long frenzy that forced frightened people to hide in their places Wednesday. has been arrested.

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, who was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder in 2020, was taken into custody around 9 p.m. in the Memphis neighborhood of Whitehaven, police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said. Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said the charges were pending at a news conference early Thursday.

Four people were killed and three others injured in seven shootings in Memphis, Davis said. The rampage started Wednesday at 12:56 pm and lasted until about 8:30 pm

There were at least eight crime scenes: the seven shootings and the carjacking of a Dodge Challenger in Southaven, Mississippi, Davis said. Kelly was arrested when he crashed during a high-speed chase after the carjacking in Southaven, which is south of Memphis.

That was about two hours after police sent out an alert saying a man driving a light blue Infiniti was responsible for multiple shootings across the city. Police said he later killed a woman in Memphis and took her gray Toyota SUV, which he left behind when the Dodge Challenger was carjacked in Southaven. According to the police, he recorded his actions on Facebook.

While the gunman terrorized Memphis, public bus service was suspended and a downtown stadium where a minor league baseball game was in progress was shut down. Friends and relatives frantically called and texted each other to check each other’s safety. TV stations cut regular coverage to keep viewers informed.

Police received “countless tips” from the public during the ordeal, Davis said.

The University of Memphis sent a message to students that a shooting had been reported near the campus. Rhodes College, located about 4 miles from the university, advised on-campus and off-campus students to take shelter in place.

The area where Kelly was arrested was about 11 miles from the University of Memphis and about 12 miles from Rhodes College.

“If you don’t have to go out, stay inside until this is resolved,” Memphis police said on Twitter before the arrest.

Police have not discussed a motive or released the identities of those killed or injured. It was too early in the investigation to discuss how the suspect obtained the weapon or weapons used in the shooting, said Ali Roberts, acting special assistant in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Firearms. Explosives in Memphis.

Memphis has been rocked in recent weeks by several high-profile murders, including the shooting of a pastor during a daylight car theft in her driveway, the shooting of an activist during an argument over money, and the killing of a woman who was kidnapped while she was on a road trip. pre-dawn run.

“I understand it feels like so much violence and evil to experience in such a short time,” Memphis City Council member Chase Carlisle said on Twitter. “We are SO much more than this.”

In February 2020, Kelly, then 17, was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, using a firearm to commit a dangerous crime and recklessly endangering with a deadly weapon, according to the report. court records. The circumstances of the case were not immediately known.

Records show he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years in April 2021. Kelly was released from prison in March, 11 months after being convicted, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.

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