Memphis gunman arrested in livestreamed shootings that killed 4
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A gunman who livestreamed himself driving around Memphis shooting at people.
He is killing four and wounding three others in seemingly random attacks, was arrested after crashing a stolen car, police said Thursday.
The hourslong rampage shut down much of the city as police warned people to shelter in place.
Authorities locked down a baseball stadium and university campuses.
They suspended bus service as frightened residents wondered where the assailant might strike next.
Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said seven shootings and at least two carjackings were reported before Ezekiel Kelly was arrested without incident Wednesday evening.
Authorities offered no immediate word on motive.
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“This has been a horrific week for the city of Memphis,” Davis said, noting that the shooting spree came less than a week.
After the brutal killing of a jogger who was abducted during her early morning run.
Kelly, 19, was released early from a prison sentence for aggravated assault, court records show.
The release seemed to raise a sore point between the mayor and the county’s top prosecutor in front of cameras at a news conference.
His criminal history also includes attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Those charges stem from an arrest in 2020.
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Multiple areas of the city were placed on lockdown Wednesday night in response to the active shooter alert.
MATA services were shut down and AutoZone Park was evacuated during a Redbirds game.
That game has since been postponed, and MATA is back in service.
Kelly crashed the Challenger in Whitehaven and was arrested in the area of Ivan Road and Hodge Road around 9:30 p.m.
Memphis police issued an alert Wednesday evening to be on the lookout for an armed and dangerous man who police said was on a shooting rampage across Memphis.