memphis, tennessee— A man was arrested Wednesday after he opened fire on a car through the city, killing four people, during an hours-long rampage that forced frightened people to take refuge in the area, police said.
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. Police director Celerin “CJ” Davis said at a news conference on Thursday that charges were pending.
Davis said there were seven shootings across Memphis that left four people dead and three wounded.The rampage began Wednesday at 12:56 a.m. and lasted until about 8:30 p.m.
There were at least eight crime scenes. Here are his seven shootings in South Haven, Mississippi, and the carjacking of a Dodge Challenger. Kelly was arrested when he crashed during a high-speed chase after a carjacking in South Haven, south of Memphis.
That came about two hours after a police alert was issued that a man driving a light blue Infiniti had multiple shootings in the city. Police say he later murdered a woman in Memphis and robbed her of her gray Toyota SUV. Police said he recorded his actions on Facebook.
As shooters terrorized Memphis, public bus service was suspended and a downtown stadium where minor league baseball games were being played was cordoned off. Friends and relatives frantically called and texted to make sure they were okay. TV stations are breaking into their regular coverage to keep their viewers updated.
Davis said police received “many tips” from the public during the ordeal.
The University of Memphis sent a message to students that a shooting was reported near its campus.
Rhodes College, about four miles from the university, has advised students on and off campus to shelter in place.
Kelly was arrested about 11 miles from the University of Memphis and about 12 miles from Rhodes College.
“If you don’t have to go out, please stay indoors until this issue is resolved,” Memphis Police said in a tweet before the arrest.
Police did not discuss the motives or identify the casualties.
The investigation was premature to discuss how the suspect obtained the gun used in the shooting, said Ali Ali, deputy special agent for the Federal Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Memphis. Roberts said.
Memphis has been rocked by several high-profile murders in recent weeks..
Memphis City Councilman Chase Carlyle tweeted, “It’s understandable to go through so much violence and evil in such a short time. ‘We are more than this.'”
In February 2020, Kelly, then 17, was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, dangerous felony with a firearm, and reckless endangerment with a lethal weapon. . The circumstances of the incident were not immediately known.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years in prison in April 2021, according to records. Kelly was released from prison in March, 11 months after his sentence, according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.