Suspect in Memphis Shooting Rampage Was Released From Prison Early After Murder Charge

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According to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect wrecked his car and is now in police custody. Fox 13 Memphis reports that an ambulance has been dispatched to the scene. The police are asking for people to stay away from Whitehaven, near Ivan Road or Hodge Road. The lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. Kelly is accused of shooting and killing four people.

Court records show that Kelly was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated attack, use of a firearm with the intent to commit a dangerous crime, reckless endangerment using a deadly weapon, and employment of a firearm while intending to commit a serious felony. This all occurred on February 3, 2020. He pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault charge and was sentenced to three years. After serving just 11 months, he was released in March. On Wednesday, a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of first-degree murder.

I researched the criminal record of Ezekiel Kelley, the #Memphis gunman. He was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated assault last year but was released earlier. His attempted murder and other felony charges were dropped.

Original story:

Police in Memphis, Tenn. are warning the public about a 19-year-old man who is on a shooting rampage. The suspect is still at large and at least three people were reportedly shot to death, including a girl aged 17.

Memphis Police tweeted a BOLO around 7:15 p.m. local.

According to reports, the suspect is streaming the shooting spree live.

The shooter has been identified by police as Ezekiel Kelly, 19, Although he was driving a blue Infinity, he is now believed to be driving a gray SUV with an Arkansas plate. He allegedly seized the Arkansas license plate in a carjacking.

Court records indicate that Kelly was 17 when he was arrested for reckless endangerment and first-degree murder. Kelly was sentenced to three years in prison for lesser charges and was released in March after only two years.

Memphis advised residents to seek shelter.

Shots were fired near the University of Memphis and the school has been placed under lockdown.

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has stopped bus and trolley services. “In lieu of the current danger that the Memphis Police Department has announced regarding an active shooter within the Memphis area. MATA’s bus and trolley services will be suspended indefinitely. MATA leaders have taken extra care to ensure the safety of their drivers and riders, according to a press release.”

In recent days, Memphis has been the scene of numerous high-profile crimes. For Friday’s ambush of a police officer, four men were taken into custody. He was released today from the hospital after he survived. Eliza Fletcher (34), was jogging close to the University of Memphis when she was abducted. On Tuesday, her body was discovered. Her abductor was freed from his 24-year sentence. Last week, a Target parking lot was used to abduct a mother with her baby. The suspects in this kidnapping remain at large.

This is an ongoing story, and once released we will provide more information.