Four people were killed and three others were wounded during an hours-long shooting rampage on Wednesday, forcing many in the Memphis community to shelter in place. The Memphis Police Department identified the suspect as Ezekiel Kelly, 19, after seeing reports of a person shooting and posting live videos on Facebook, reports the USA Today Network. The videos were removed from the platform. His Instagram account was also taken down.
The rampage began at 12:56 a.m. Wednesday and continued until about 8:30 p.m. There were at least eight crime scenes: the seven shootings and a carjacking, said Police Director Cerelyn Davis said. Police said Kelly was driving a light blue Infiniti and later switched vehicles to a gray Toyota with an Arkansas license plate. On Twitter, the Southaven Police Department said that officers responded to a vehicle theft and "immediately learned" Kelly was the suspect. Memphis Police Department Sgt. Louis Brownlee said Kelly has prior arrests that include attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment in 2020. He was sentenced to three years in prison but was released in March of this year.