MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WREG)– A 19-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after multiple gunshots and auto thefts in Memphis killed four people and injured three in an hours-long rampage, officials said.
Has been identified as a suspect Ezekiel Kelly. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Kelly was released from prison March 16 after serving 11 months of a three-year sentence for aggravated assault.
The first murder happened just after midnight. said Police Commissioner CJ Davis. At least one shooting was streamed by the suspect on Facebook Live. Kelly was taken into custody at 9:20 am after a chase from Mississippi back to Memphis.
The Memphis Police Department issued an alert at 6:56 p.m., warning people that Kelly was responsible for multiple active shootings. Police said they received reports that he was recording his actions on Facebook. In a Facebook Live video seen by a WREG employee, Kelly was seen getting out of a car, walking into the AutoZone on Jackson Avenue and firing shots. The video was later removed from the platform.
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Police initially said Kelly was manning a light blue Infiniti with a red dealership plate and a blown rear window, but later said Kelly assaulted a woman on Poplar with the car and drove away in a gray Toyota SUV.
A WREG worker saw a person lying on Poplar Avenue and Evergreen Street in Midtown who was unresponsive. Police sources say Kelly abducted a woman here. Witnesses report that he shot her during the act.
Police later said Kelly stole a Dodge Challenger in Southaven, Mississippi before becoming involved in a standoff in the Ivan Road and Hodge Road area of Memphis. He refused to get out of the vehicle and police surrounded the vehicle. The SWAT team was also brought in to assist.
The Memphis Police Department confirmed Kelly was taken into custody around 9:20 p.m. with the assistance of Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies
Police later detailed the schedule of the shootings:
- 12:56 a.m., a 24-year-old man was killed on Lyndale in the Highland Heights neighborhood. A suspect calling himself Zeek Huncho on social media has been identified.
- 4:38 p.m., a man was found shot dead in a vehicle at a gas station on South Parkway E. Survillance video showed a man in a gray sedan pulling up next to the victim’s car and opening fire.
- 4:40 p.m., a woman was injured in a second shooting on Norris Road near I-240. The suspect fled in a dark limousine.
- 5:59 p.m. Kelly entered an AutoZone store on the 4000 block of Jackson Avenue and shot and killed a man while he was being live streamed on Facebook. The condition of the man is critical, said the police.
- At 6:56 p.m., Memphis police alerted the suspect after receiving a call that Kelly had been making threats on Facebook.
- 7:23 p.m., a woman was killed in a shooting in Poplar and Evergreen. Police said Kelly took her gray SUV and fled.
- 7:24, man shoots at poplar and evergreen
- 8:55 pm, woman shot dead on Raines Road
- 8:56 p.m., Southaven Police responded to a theft car on Stateline Road and Highway 51. Kelly took the man’s gray Dodge Challenger, leaving the SUV behind.
- At 8:58 p.m., Memphis police officers spotted the Dodge Challenger traveling northbound on Interstate 55 and a high-speed pursuit began. The pursuit ended at Hodge Road and Ivan in southwest Memphis, where Kelly was arrested without incident.[ursuitendedatHodgeRoadandIvaninsouthwestMemphiswhereKellywastakenintocustodywithoutincident[ursuitendedatHodgeRoadandIvaninsouthwestMemphiswhereKellywastakenintocustodywithoutincident
Davis said numerous felony charges were pending against Kelly.
During the event, Rhodes College in Midtown provided on-site protection. The University of Memphis also sent out a warning that police had responded to gunfire in the Patterson and Southern areas. All city-wide lockdowns were lifted after the arrest.
Local and state officials responded to Wednesday night’s events with the following statements:
Tennessee Senator London Lamar:
“I’m just as traumatized as everyone else. Let’s take a day off tomorrow and start healing! This week was overwhelming! I also pray for the families of the victims affected by this tragedy! I hope you can find comfort and keep believing that Memphis deserves your love
We will never forget today, but we can heal together! I love Memphis! I love our people! Pray for us!”
MSCS Interim Superintendent Toni Williams:
“As a lifelong Memphian, I love your city – but I also acknowledge the heightened concerns that may exist following tonight’s events. So tomorrow we will be raising awareness in our schools to give all families an extra sense of security and comfort. “
Mark Billingsley, former Shelby County Commissioner:
“Pray for Memphis and our surrounding community. We are all devastated by the loss of life due to crippling crime and our own safety and well-being.”
Raumesh Akbari, Tennessee State Senator:
“Memphis!!!! What’s going on in my city!? These sick individuals do not represent us and will not ruin our city. They do not define us!! Please stay home and be safe if you are out by then person will be arrested. Go home now.”
Darren Musslewhite, Mayor of Southaven:
“We stand firmly in our support of Memphis and the fight against the ongoing despicable behavior. This is a different kind of evil and will be fought with every available resource in Southaven.”
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