Memphis shooting: Suspect accused of livestreaming attack appears in court Friday after deadly rampage hits city

However, early Wednesday, Tunstall was shot and killed while visiting Cash’s home. violent shooting It captured the streets of Memphis until the suspect was arrested later that night.
The shooting occurred days after the body of Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher who was kidnapped and murdered last friday, It’s been found. A series of deadly attacks over the past week have sparked anger and fear from city leaders who say violence is unacceptable.

Suspect, 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly, is due to appear in court on Friday and face first-degree murder charges, but officials say several more felony charges are being considered.

Kelly, also known as “Zeke Funcho,” was accused of shooting Tunstall just before 1 a.m. Wednesday..his citywide search resulted in a shelter-in-place order for parts of the city. Bus and trolley services in the area were temporarily suspended.

Officers responded to the first afternoon shooting at 4:38 p.m. and found a man with multiple gunshot wounds in his car, police said. Minutes later, police announced they had found a woman with a gunshot wound to her leg at another location.

According to Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis, Kelly was allegedly streaming on Facebook Live when he opened fire in the store more than an hour later. was found and he was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Memphis community members will meet for an all-nighter in the Autozone parking lot on Thursday.

Officers later went to three more locations and found a man and two women shot, police said. Both women died, while the man was taken to hospital in a non-critical condition, Davis said. The shooter stole an SUV from one of the women, she said.

Police said the vehicle was found on Interstate 55 within minutes after Kelly learned he had carjacked a person at gunpoint and took off in the victim’s Dodge Challenger. After a loud car chase, Kelly was arrested and, when taken into custody, saw two weapons in the car, Davis said.

The motive for the attack is still unclear, but the city of Memphis must recover from violent assaults on some of its community members.

Tunstall’s friends remember him as a young father with ambitious dreams and a generous spirit.

“He was very kind. He wanted to leave here. He wanted to succeed. He wanted to succeed with his music. He wished all his friends better.” I pressured him to do it,” said Princess Onubiko, a friend of Tunstall’s. CNN affiliate WHBQ.

Mayor denounces early release of suspect from prison

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland expressed his “deepest condolences” to the victims and their love, statement He argued Wednesday night that they could have been prevented had it not been for the holes in the criminal justice system.

“I am mad at them and mad at our citizens who had to evacuate for their own safety until this suspect was arrested. This is how we live.” It’s not acceptable,” said Strickland.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland speaks at a news conference Thursday.

Kelly was released from prison in March after serving 11 months of a three-year sentence for aggravated assault. He initially faced more serious charges in a 2020 incident in Shelby County, including attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and use of a firearm with intent to commit a dangerous felony, but court records show. , he only pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge.

“Even if Mr. Kelly had completed his three-year sentence, he would still be in prison today, and four of our fellow citizens would still be alive.

“These evil actions demonstrate why truth is essential to sentencing,” the mayor said in a statement. new law In Tennessee, those convicted of some violent crimes are required to serve a full prison sentence.

CNN has reached out to Shelby County public defender for comment.

CNN’s Jamiel Lynch, Melissa Alonso, Jennifer Henderson and Nouran Salahieh contributed to this report.


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