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Ezekiel Kelly, who drove around the city shooting at people, killing four, during an hours-long rampage that forced frightened people to shelter in place Wednesday, has been arrested.
Ezekiel Kelly is 19 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
Ezekiel Kelly, who was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder in 2020, was taken into custody at around 9 p.m. in the Memphis neighbourhood of Whitehaven, police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said. During a news conference early Thursday, Memphis Police Director Carolyn “CJ” Davis said charges were pending.
Davis said that four people were killed and three others wounded in seven shootings across Memphis. The rampage began at 12:56 a.m. Wednesday and continued to about 8:30 p.m.
Davis said there were at least eight crime scenes: the seven shootings and the carjacking of a Dodge Challenger in Southaven, Mississippi.
The suspect was arrested after he crashed during a high-speed chase from Mississippi back into Memphis. It followed the carjacking in Southaven, which is south of Memphis.
CBS Memphis affiliate WREG-TV reports that the suspect got into a standoff in Memphis, refusing to get out of the vehicle police surrounded. The SWAT Team was called in to assist. Memphis police say the suspect was taken into custody with the help of Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies.
The arrest came about two hours after police sent out an alert saying a man driving a light blue Infiniti was responsible for multiple shootings in the city. Police said he later killed a woman in Memphis and took her grey Toyota SUV, which he left behind when he carjacked the Dodge Challenger in Southaven. Police said he recorded his actions on Facebook.
In a Facebook Live video, a WREG staff member saw the suspect getting out of a car, walking into an AutoZone and firing shots. The video was later removed from the platform.
As the shooter terrorized Memphis, public bus service was suspended, and a downtown stadium where a minor-league baseball game was underway was placed on lockdown. Friends and relatives frantically called and texted each other to check their safety. TV stations cut into regular coverage to keep viewers updated.
Police received “numerous tips” from the public during the ordeal.
The University of Memphis sent a message to students saying a shooting had been reported near the campus.
Rhodes College, about four miles from the university, advised students on and off campus to shelter in place.
The suspect was arrested in an area of 11 miles from the University of Memphis and about 12 from Rhodes College.
“If you do not have to be out, stay indoors until this is resolved,” Memphis police tweeted before the arrest.
Police didn’t discuss a motive or release the identities of those killed or wounded.
Records show he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced in April 2021 to three years. The suspect was released from prison in March, 11 months after he was convicted, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.