Memphis Man Arrested After Allegedly Going On Facebook Live Shooting Spree

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The prime suspect of a Facebook Live shooting spree in Memphis, Wednesday, was arrested after allegedly shooting four people fatally and injuring three others.

Memphis law enforcement arrested Ezekiel Kelly, 19, after he allegedly went on a Grand Theft Auto-style shooting spree around the city, switching cars and traveling from scene to scene, shooting multiple people, TMZ reported. Kelly filmed his alleged attacks on Facebook Live, with one part of the footage showing him aiming his weapon at a person in an auto parts store before firing, the outlet continued.

Police urged residents to remain indoors and the University of Memphis was placed on lockdown after shots were reported in the vicinity of the campus, according to a statement from the school shared on Twitter. Memphis police chief CJ Davis said Kelly caused at least eight crime scenes during his rampage, according to Fox 13.

Two of the shootings were reported by 7.00 p.m. — one deadly assault at a BP gas station, and another critical shooting near I-240, Fox 13 continued. The first victim was shot shortly after 4:30 p.m., while another victim  was reported a little before 1.00 a.m., Fox 13 reported. (RELATED: Woman Drowns On Facebook Livestream)

Kelly was charged with first-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault, employment of a firearm with intent to commit a dangerous felony, and reckless endangerment in February 2020, Fox 13 noted, citing court records.