Memphis – A 19-year-old was taken into custody for an alleged shooting spree that left four people dead and three wounded in the rampage.
According to the details, the incident took place in Memphis, Tennessee where the shooting episode was streamed live on Facebook and watched by over thousands of viewers.
Cerelyn C.J, who is the Police Chief of Memphis stated in a press conference that the suspect behind the shooting was arrested because of his Facebook live streaming. The suspect is a teenager named Ezekiel Kelly.
According to the police, the shooting began just a little before 1 at night and it continued into the late hours of Wednesday. The police continued to search for the alleged gunman as he kept on changing his shelter places while going for the next shooting spot.
“Our citizens in Memphis and Shelby County were going about their business … getting off from work, picking up children from daycare, just going about their ordinary lives, when it was all of a sudden shattered,” Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said. “Many families will never, ever get over the horrific violence that we saw, that one individual inflicted on the city tonight.”
How the shooting spree unfolded?
According to the police chief, the first shooting incident was reported approximately at 1 am on Lyndale avenue. The officers who responded immediately found a male lying on the ground in a driveway. Unfortunately, he passed away when the police arrived at the scene.
“The homicide suspect was known as Zeek Huncho. He was later identified as Ezekiel Kelly,” Davis stated at the news conference.
Another incident took place around 4:38 pm in south parkway east where a man was found wounded with multiple shots. He was inside his vehicle but he succumbed to his injuries at the crime scene.
The video camera nearby recorded that the gunman immediately pulled out his next victim from a gray sedan and shot at him multiple times before fleeing from the scene.
An hour later the next shooting spree took place at a grocery store located on Jackson Avenue. “Ezekiel Kelly was Facebook live when he opened fire inside the store.”
Thhe victim in the store suffered from a gunshot fire. He was immediately shifted to the hospital in critical condition.
Shortly after a random call was received by the police in which the citizen claimed that a guy named “Zeek Huncho” is live on Facebook claiming that he was “threatening to cause harm to citizens.”
The last of the shooting spree took place around 7 20 pm in poplar avenue and the north green area. A woman was shot and died later. The gunman again fled from the scene using the victim’s car this time.
The chase finally came to an end around 9 pm when Memphis police spotted the suspect in the challenger at a high speed on I-55.
Two weapons were retrieved from Kelly as he was taken into custody. “Numerous felony charges are pending.”
These incidents of shootings shocked the citizens of the city till the time the suspect was finally arrested.
The Mayor of Memphis Jim Stricklan stated, “I am angry for them, and I’m angry for our citizens who had to shelter in place for their own safety until this suspect was caught. This is no way for us to live and it is not acceptable.” he said. “The people of our city were confronted with the type of violence no one should have to face.”