Police: Memphis Gunman Has Been Taken Into Custody After Nearly Three-Hour Shooting Spree
00:46 GMT 08.09.2022 (Updated: 03:50 GMT 08.09.2022)
Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly, who was reported as initially driving a light blue Infiniti and later a gray Toyota SUV. His motives and the exact number of victims are not clear at the moment.
Officials with Tennessee's Memphis Police Department took into custody a 19-year-old gunman who allegedly carried out a shooting spree late Wednesday for a period of nearly three hours. Police initially described the teen as "armed and dangerous
" after reports emerged of several individuals being shot.
After conducting an operation around Ivan Road and Hodge Road in Memphis, police confirmed that the suspect had been taken into custody, presumably after he got into a car accident and sustained injuries, per media reports.
Local media reports
indicated that at least two shootings were reported in Memphis at the start of the gunman's spree: a fatal shooting at a BP service station on South Parkway and a woman who had been wounded
and is currently in serious condition on Norris Road close to I-240.
Officials have yet to give a tally on those targeted during the shooting; however, some reports have said at least five people may have been killed.
No motive for the shooting spree has been detailed by authorities.
Earlier, investigators confirmed
Kelly had been spotted driving a gray Toyota with Arkansas AEV63K license plates, asking residents to call emergency services immediately if the car was seen.
Sources within law enforcement have suggested an earlier shooting of a 24-year-old man might have been connected to the suspect.
Investigators have stated that the individual was taping himself
shooting people on Facebook* Live while allegedly driving a blue or silver Infiniti. The man's precise whereabouts were unknown to the police for quite some time.
The City of Memphis later released a statement
on Twitter, saying: "If you do not need to be out, please stay home!"
Some local media reported
that the gunman crossed the state line and traveled to Arkansas and Mississippi.
A couple of hours after the live broadcast began, Facebook allegedly deleted the suspect's page.
A graphic video,
presumably from the suspect's livestream, has been widely shared on social media. Beware, the video may not be suitable for some viewers.
The University of Memphis was temporarily placed
on lockdown as investigators worked to track down the gunman early on during the manhunt.
*The activity of Meta (Facebook and Instagram) is banned in Russia over extremism.