Watch Memphis shooting rampage part of which was live-streamed – leaves 4 people dead and 3 wounded
Memphis shooting A 19-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after live streaming part of a shooting rampage that left four people dead and three others injured and upended life throughout Memphis as residents were urged to shelter in place, police said.
The hours-long rampage — which also led to the suspension of public bus and trolley service — left the city’s mayor enraged over the wanton violence and came less than a week after the high-profile kidnapping and killing of a school teacher who was out jogging.
“I am angry for them, and I’m angry for our citizens who had to shelter in place for their own safety until this suspect was caught. This is no way for us to live and it is not acceptable,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who offered his condolences to the victims’ families.
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“The people of our city were confronted with the type of violence no one should have to face.”
Police at scene of a reported carjacking connected to a series of shootings in Memphis on Wednesday.
At least one of the shootings was apparently streamed on Facebook Live — which ultimately led to the arrest of Ezekiel Kelly following a high-speed pursuit, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis said at a news conference early Thursday.
Kelly was released from prison in March after serving 11 months of a three-year sentence for aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge after originally facing counts that included attempted murder, reckless endangerment and using a firearm with intent to commit a dangerous felony in a 2020 case in Shelby County, court records show.
How the shootings unfolded:
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The first shooting was reported around 12:56 a.m. in the 3100 block of Lyndale Avenue. Officers found a male victim in a driveway and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Davis said.
At 4:38 p.m., officers responded to another shooting in the 900 block of South Parkway East, where they found a man in his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Video surveillance from a nearby business captured the gunman pulling up next to the victim in a grey sedan and firing multiple shots before driving away, Davis said.
Minutes later, at 4:40 p.m., officers responded to a shooting at Norris Road and I-240, where a woman had a gunshot wound to the leg. She was taken to a hospital in non-critical condition. The suspect fled in a dark colored sedan.
More than an hour later, at 5:59 p.m., officers arrived at the scene of another shooting at a store the 4000 block of Jackson Avenue. “Ezekiel Kelly was on Facebook Live when he opened fire inside the store,”
Responding officers found a male with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
A short time later, at 6:12 p.m., police received a call that someone named “Zeek Huncho” was live on Facebook saying he was “threatening to cause harm to citizens,” Davis said.