The Memphis Police Depart. reports that the suspect that caused dread and panic all around the region is currently in the custody of the MPD.
The exact events of Wed. night were discussed at a Thursday morning media conference by the Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis.
Reporters were informed by Chief Davis that Ezekiel Kelly, 19, was the suspect that caused at least eight crime sites during the spree.
Kelly is facing certain charges, which are still unclear.
As of 7 p.m., at least two shootings have been reported in Memphis: a fatal shooting at a BP service station on S. Parkway and a lady who was shot and badly injured on Norris Road close to I-240.
Just prior to the lady being shot, the victim at the service station was shot at 4:35 p.m.
Just before 1AM in the morning, according to MPD, yet another victim was shot on Lyndale Avenue.
Around 7 p.m., MPD issued a warning to the public.
According to investigators, the man videoed himself as he was shooting people while streaming on Facebook Live while driving a silver or blue Infiniti.
The Infiniti had a broken rear window and a red dealer tag.
Later, officials stated that they thought the perpetrator was driving a gray Toyota SUV with an AR license plate.
According to court documents, a Feb. 3, 2020 incident that led to Ezekiel Kelly, 19 at the time, having a first-degree attempted murder charge. He was also accused of employment of a firearm with the purpose to conduct a serious offense, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault.
The City of Memphis put out a statement just before 8 p.m. that said, “If you do not need to be out, please remain home!” City posted a tweet.
Everyone was told to stay inside by MPD.
In a Facebook Live video that FOX13 witnessed, the suspect allegedly confessed to shooting five victims.
The guy seems to enter an AutoZone store in the footage, point a gun at a man, and squeeze the trigger.
Kelly’s involvement in a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon inside an AutoZone near Wells on Jackson has been verified by MPD.
After gunfire was heard at Patterson and Southern, the University of Memphis was put on lockdown. In a safety advisory, the university stated that all doors at the UofM had been closed for everyone’s protection.
MATA trolley and bus service was abruptly suspended at 8:30 p.m. out of an abundance of caution.
In light of the present threat associated with an active shooter in the Memphis region, as reported by the Memphis Police Department. Trolley and bus services offered by MATA are being put on hold indefinitely. According to a MATA news statement, the organization’s executives are exercising extreme caution and concern for the safety of its drivers and passengers.
Later, once Kelly was apprehended, MATA continued operations for one last run.
According to the fair’s public information officer informed FOX13, the Delta Fair was put on lockdown as a result of the shooting rampage.
Following a brief period of closure, the fair was reopened, and guests were free to depart once Shelby County Sheriff’s officers arrived.
Kelly was seen close to I-55 and Stateline Road, but as of 9:05 p.m., the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office reports that he had returned to Memphis.
According to MPD, everyone in the Whitehaven neighborhood should take cover inside, especially along Ivan Road and Hodge Road.
After Kelly was apprehended, the shelter-in-place announcement for Memphis was removed at 9:30 p.m.
After colliding at Ivan Road and Hodges Road, Kelly was taken into custody and detained, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office.
In Southaven, Kelly carjacked a Dodge Challenger, according to officials, and became stuck inside.
Numerous law enforcement organizations arrived on the scene.
There is now only one first-degree murder charge against Kelly, but more are anticipated.
At Regional One, one of the survivors is in a serious condition. Two more people are in stable condition.