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Four people killed in Memphis shooting broadcast on Facebook

Four people have died and three others have been injured this Wednesday in a multiple shooting in Memphis, Tennessee. Police have arrested a 19-year-old man identified as Ezekiel Kelly and suspected of shooting while driving through the city and broadcasting the murders on social networks.

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Memphis Police Director Cerelyn CJ Davis said Thursday that the massacre began at 12:56 p.m. local time on Wednesday and continued until about 8:30 p.m. The suspect was arrested around 9 p.m. Kelly had already been charged with attempted first-degree murder in 2020, according to the AP news agency.

As Davis explained at a news conference, there were at least eight crime scenes: seven shootings at different locations and the theft of a Dodge Challenger sports car in Southaven, Mississippi. According to The Washington PostKelly crashed his car before being cornered and detained by police in the Whitehaven area of ​​the city, but was not injured.

According to AP, that was about two hours after the police sent an alert about the possible person responsible for multiple shootings in the city. Police said the suspect killed a woman in Memphis and took her gray Toyota SUV, which she left behind when the car stole the Dodge Challenger in Southaven.

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At least one of the shootings was posted on Facebook. “We are receiving information that she is recording her actions on Facebook,” police said before Kelly’s arrest, warning citizens to stay in her homes.

A short video posted on Facebook showed a man saying “this is for real” and using foul language as he opened a store door and shot the first person who appeared twice, according to Reuters, which could not verify the information. video authenticity.

Police did not provide a motive or release the identities of those killed or injured. He also said it was too early in the investigation to talk about how the suspect got the gun or guns used in the shootings.

In February 2020, Kelly, then 17, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, use of a firearm to commit a dangerous crime, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, court documents showed. court records seen by the AP agency. Kelly pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced in April 2021 to three years but was released from prison in March, 11 months after being sentenced, according to the Memphis mayor.