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Black gunman in Memphis goes on kill spree before he’s caught

by Ezekiel J. Walker
Black gunman in Memphis goes on kill spree before he's caught
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Memphis Police Chief C. J. Davis confirmed in a press conference Thursday morning just after midnight that four people were murdered as 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly allegedly went on a random shooting spree across Memphis, Tennessee. Three other shooting victims were also reportedly injured.

According to ABC 24, police stated Kelly was taken into custody in the area of Ivan Road and Hodge Road in Whitehaven. A shelter in place was issued for that area and has now been lifted.

According to Southaven Police, a Dodge Challenger was stolen at a Raceway gas station on Stateline Road just before 9 p.m. The driver of the car recognized Kelly as the suspect and ran off. Memphis Police found the car and took Kelly into custody. Southaven Police has charged Kelly with armed carjacking for this incident.

Memphis PD first warned people locally to be on the lookout for Kelly at 7 p.m. after a citizen alerted them of a Facebook Live stream that showed him shooting people at random Wednesday.

What MPD didn’t know was that Kelly started his shooting rampage well before 7 p.m. Kelly killed his first victim in an overnight shooting on Lyndale Ave. at 12:56 a.m., and after taking a lengthy break, he began his mobile mass shooting as early as 4:38 p.m.

According to court records, there was an active arrest warrant out for Kelly Wednesday morning after he killed the 24-year-old man on Lyndale Ave.

“The people of our city were confronted with the type of violence no one should have to face.”

At least one of the shootings was apparently streamed on Facebook Live, per CNN, ultimately leading to the arrest of Ezekiel Kelly following a high-speed pursuit, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis said during a news conference early Thursday.

The shootings began before 1 a.m. Wednesday and continued through the late evening hours, triggering a shelter in place order for part of the city as police searched for the gunman.

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