A crazed gunman has been arrested after shooting dozens of people in a series of random attacks Wednesday night in Memphis — some of which were reported live on Facebook, police said.
Ezekiel Kelly, 19, who has a violent criminal record, launched his rampage around 4:30 p.m. local time, terrorizing the city and leading police on a manhunt for nearly 5 hours before he was eventually arrested, police said. .
Memphis police reported two shootings within minutes of each other before issuing an alert on Wednesday warning residents to stay away from Kelly.
A man was shot and killed at a gas station on East Parkway around 4:35 pm and a minute later a woman was critically injured in a shooting on Norris Road near I-240, News3 reported. Police said Kelly carried out “several shootings”, but did not confirm whether he was involved with the two.
During the police pursuit Wednesday night, Kelly changed vehicles from a blue Infiniti sedan to a gray Toyota SUV with Arkansas license plate “AEV63K,” police said.
He allegedly hijacked an SUV and shot the female driver, News3 reported.
Kelly then carjacked another vehicle, a Dodge Challenger, in Southaven before wrecking the car before his arrest, according to FOX13.
In a recording of the Facebook Live stream that has been widely shared on social media, a man resembling Kelly can be seen getting out of a car and walking a few steps through an AutoZone store before pulling out a gun and shooting someone inside the store. twice.
Before walking through the store’s front door, he rants to the camera about “there’s no faking this reality.”
It is not known if the man was hit.
The Live Man claims to have shot five people in one of the Facebook Live videos, according to FOX13.
In another screenshot, he can be seen driving while waving.
Much of what he says is indiscernible, but a Facebook account that includes a photo of the suspect shared by police shows several gruesome posts about the death.
The account has since been deleted.
Kelly was arrested for first-degree murder and reckless endangerment in 2020, the Memphis Business Appeal reported. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released this year on March 16.