New Delhi: There were multiple shootings reported in Memphis in the US on Wednesday evening after which the Tennessee police arrested a 19-year-old gunman, who streamed the violence live on Facebook leading to a manhunt. The Memphis Police Department tweeted about three shootings, including one fatal in the Tennessee city. A man was shot dead at a petrol station in the area at around 4:30 pm, while one woman was left critically wounded while joining the Interstate 240 highway, according to the tweet. The suspect has been identified as Ezekiel Kelly.
At 4:36PM officers responded to a shooting on Norris Road near I-240 Southbound Ramp. Officers located a female victim with a gunshot wound. She was transported to ROH in critical condition. Please avoid the area as this is an ongoing investigation. pic.twitter.com/lRt5c9z9zk
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 7, 2022
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In its statement on Twitter, the Memphis Police said they had received a number of calls on Wednesday evening regarding a young black male suspect randomly firing at people while driving a blue or silver sedan.
The police issued an alert for the “ARMED AND DANGEROUS” 19-year-old. “Be on the lookout for a male Black … who is responsible for multiple shootings. We are getting reports that he is recording his actions on Facebook. We do not have a specific location of where he is now,” the Memphis Police Department tweeted.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 8, 2022
The police urged citizens to stay indoors. “The suspect is still at large. If you do not have to be out, stay indoors until this is resolved,” said the police. The police also released a picture of the teen along with a description of the vehicle that he is driving. While he was initially in a blue or silver sedan with the “rear window busted out”, the police said that he is now in a grey SUV.
The Facebook Live stream clipping shows the man firing bullets out of the window as he rambles to his phone’s front-facing camera while driving, reported the Mirror. In another unverified clipping, the same man can be seen exiting the car and walking into a supermarket, where he immediately shoots at a person walking down a shopping aisle, the report added.
The violence comes a day after officials charged Cleotha Abston with murdering and kidnapping Eliza Fletcher, a Memphis-area school teacher, whose disappearance shocked residents in the city.