Ezekiel Kelly: Man, 19, who went on shooting spree in Memphis and live streamed it arrested
Ezekiel Kelly crashed his vehicle and was stuck inside as law enforcement approached him. He shot at least 6 people in Memphis and terrorized the city
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: A 19-year-old man who is suspected of a mass shooting has been arrested after hours on the run. Memphis police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly who killed at least two people by shooting them in Memphis, Tennessee, and has to Arkansas.
Police confirmed that Memphis was placed on lockdown Wednesday night, September 7, in search of the shooter who drove through the area shooting seemingly random people; Ezekiel Kelly is now in their custody. Two shootings were reported. According to Fox 13, one victim was at a BP gas station on South Parkway and a woman was seriously injured on Norris Road near I-240. According to police, the suspect live-streamed one of his crimes on Facebook.
*****UPDATE 9:28 PM******— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 8, 2022
SUSPECT IS IN CUSTODY
Ezekiel D. Kelly
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Please avoid the area of Ivan Road & Hodge Road
"ALERT!! ARMED AND DANGEROUS," the police tweeted in response to the emergency. During the manhunt, Memphis Police Department released the details of the terrifying incident on Twitter and urged everyone in the Whitehaven area, particularly along Ivan Road and Hodge Road, to shelter in place and stay indoors.
Everyone in the area of Ivan Road and Hodge Road shelter in place and stay in the doors. pic.twitter.com/tgEhMveEGF— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 8, 2022
Fox 13 reported, Ezekiel Kelly, 19, was last seen near I-55 and Stateline Road, but as of 9.05 pm, he was back in Memphis. The shooter carjacked a Dodge Challenger in Southaven and crashed near Ivan Road and Hodge Road in Whitehaven, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office. He was then taken into custody.
Memphis Police posted the shooter's photo on their social media and said that he was initially driving a blue or silver sedan but later switched to a gray Toyota SUV with the license plate AEV63K from Arkansas.
UPDATE: the suspect is currently in a grey Toyota with Arkansas AEV63K. If this suspect is seen, call 911 immediately.— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 8, 2022
Memphis University has been under lockdown. The school issued a safety alert after hearing gunshots near Patterson and Southern. For everyone's safety, the University has locked all doors. Out of an excess of caution, the MATA bus and trolley service has been halted permanently. They issued a statement that reads, "In lieu of the current threat reported by the Memphis Police Department regarding an active shooter in the Memphis area. MATA trolley and bus traffic will be suspended indefinitely. MATA drivers operate with extreme caution and ensure the safety of their drivers and passengers."
In a Facebook Live video, the man asserts that he shot five people. The man appears to enter an AutoZone store in that video, point a gun at a man, and pull the trigger.
According to court documents, Kelly was sentenced to three years in prison after being indicted in 2020 on charges of attempted murder, weapon possession, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
The very recent update from MPD says that the Shelter in place has been lifted.
Shelter in place has been lifted— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 8, 2022
This is a developing story.