A 19-year-old man allegedly went on a shooting rampage in Memphis in the US state of Tennessee on Thursday (IST), killing at least two people. He is now in police custody.
The suspect, identified as Ezekiel Kelly, reportedly drove around the city of Memphis, shooting at random people, and livestreamed the act on Facebook. He was responsible for “multiple shootings”, Memphis Police said.
Mass shooting in Memphis happening now. Multiple people hit by gunfire, their condition is unknown. Gunman driving around shooting people seemingly at random. This story is developing.
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 8, 2022
In a Facebook Live stream, the suspected gunman can be seen entering a store and opening fire at people.
TRIGGER WARNING: Video contains gun violence and profanity, viewer discretion is advised
There is an active shooter on the loose in Memphis right now who has been shooting people at random on Facebook Live.
This country has a MAJOR problem.
— dara faye (@darafaye) September 8, 2022
The suspected shooter crashed his vehicle and carjacked a grey Toyota SUV before fleeing the scene, reported BNO News. The driver of the Toyota SUV was injured in the crash.
Police had released a photo of him and advised Memphis residents to stay indoors “until this is resolved.”
The suspect is a 19-year-old male Black driving a light blue Infiniti. pic.twitter.com/PkblUXJu8v
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 8, 2022
The University of Memphis sent a message to students saying a shooting had been reported near the campus. Rhodes College, which in about 4 miles away from the university, advised students on and off campus to shelter in place.
“If you do not have to be out, stay indoors until this is resolved,” Memphis police said on Twitter.
KAIT television reported the suspect had fled across the Tennessee state line into Arkansas.
(With inputs from AP)
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