Officials said it was a ‘mobile mass shooting’ that took place at eight crime scenes, while the suspect recorded his actions on Facebook.
A suspected assailant has been arrested after he killed four people and injured three others when he opened fire at multiple locations in Memphis, USA.
Local reports said the shooting began as early as 12:56 pm (17:56 GMT) on Wednesday and continued until late evening. The injured were taken to the hospital.
Police described the riot as a “mobile mass shooting” that prompted a shelter-in-place order for the area as officers searched for the suspect, identified as Ezekiel D Kelly.
According to police, there were at least eight crime scenes, seven shootings and the robbery of a Dodge Challenger in Southaven, south of Memphis. The suspect, who broadcast his actions on Facebook Live, was arrested when he crashed his car during a high-speed chase.
A short video posted on Facebook shows a man saying, “This is the truth,” as he opened a store door and fired twice at the first person he saw, according to a Reuters news agency report. . verify the authenticity of the video.
Facebook said it was working with authorities on the incident, CNN reported.
According to past court records, Kelly was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder in 2020. He was released from prison in March, 11 months after his conviction, authorities said. said.
When the attacker terrorized Memphis, public bus service was suspended and a minor league baseball game was suspended.
Local TV stations cut off the broadcast regularly to update information for viewers.
The University of Memphis sent a message to students saying a shooting had been reported near the campus. Rhodes College, a few kilometers from the campus, advises students on and off campus to shelter in place.
UPDATE: the suspect is still big. If you don’t need to go out, stay indoors until this is resolved.
– Memphis Police Department (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 8, 2022
Police did not discuss motives or release the identities of those killed or injured.
Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said: “It’s definitely unusual for us to go through so much in such a short amount of time.
The riots came days after the murder of a teacher who was jogging, as well as the shooting of a pastor during a daytime carjacking in her driveway and the fatal shooting of an activist during a rally. money controversy.
“I understand how it feels like there is so much violence and crime to go through in such a short time,” Memphis City Council member Chase Carlisle said on Twitter. “We are so much more than this.”