Police in Memphis, Tennessee, stated a person who drove across the metropolis taking pictures at individuals throughout an hours-long rampage that compelled frightened individuals to shelter in place Wednesday has been arrested.
Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph stated 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly was taken into custody after 9 p.m. within the Whitehaven neighborhood.
That was about two hours after police despatched out an alert saying a person driving a lightweight blue Infiniti was accountable for a number of shootings within the metropolis. Police stated he later switched autos to a gray Toyota SUV.
It was not instantly identified if anybody had been killed. Police stated he recorded his actions on Fb.
The College of Memphis despatched a message to college students saying a taking pictures had been reported close to the campus. Rhodes School, which in about 4 miles away from the college, suggested college students on and off campus to shelter in place.
The realm the place Kelly was arrested was about 11 miles from the College of Memphis and about 12 miles from Rhodes School. Police in Southaven, Mississippi, situated south of Memphis simply past the state line, stated Kelly stole a automotive at a gasoline station there earlier than he was arrested again in Memphis.
“When you don’t have to be out, keep indoors till that is resolved,” Memphis police stated on Twitter, earlier than the arrest.
Rudolph advised WMC-TV that police didn’t know of a motive for the taking pictures.
Anybody with info was requested to name 911.
Memphis just lately has been shaken by a number of high-profile killings in latest weeks, together with the taking pictures of a pastor throughout a daylight carjacking in her driveway, the taking pictures of an activist throughout an argument over cash, and the slaying of a girl who was kidnapped whereas she was on a pre-dawn run.
Court docket data present in February of 2020, Kelly, then 17, was charged as an grownup with tried first-degree homicide, aggravated assault, utilizing a firearm to commit a harmful felony and reckless endangerment with a lethal weapon. Circumstances of the case weren’t instantly identified.
Data present he pleaded responsible to aggravated assault and was sentenced to 3 years in jail. It was not instantly identified how a lot of the sentence he served.