At least four people have been killed and three others have been injured. as a result of a series of shootings in the US city of Memphis, in the state of Tennessee, one of them broadcast live on Facebook by the alleged perpetrator of the attack.
As confirmed by the Memphis Police Chief, Cerelyn Davis, the fact that the event was broadcast on the social network has ultimately led to the arrest of Ezekiel Kellya 19-year-old who police say has multiple criminal records.
The detainee had been released this year after serving 11 months of a three-year prison sentence for aggravated assault, according to police.
The incident began after midnight (local time), when the authorities found the lifeless body of a man. Hours later, in the afternoon, police officers confirmed a new shooting in the center of the city, where another man was found dead inside his vehicle and a woman wounded.
At 6:00 p.m. local time, there was a fatal shooting at a Memphis store, an attack that Kelly broadcast on Facebook. Behind this, alerted of three more incidents with a balance of two dead and one injured.
Around 9:00 p.m. (local time), authorities located the main suspect fleeing the last crime scene in a gray Dodge Challenger. After a chase on Interstate 55, the Police have managed to stop the vehicle and arrest Kelly.
“I am angry for our citizens who have had to take shelter for their own safety until the suspect was caught,” said Memphis Mayor Jim’s Stricklandwho has denounced that violence “is not acceptable”.
For its part, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has reported that it is working closely with the Memphis authorities to clarify the case and has added that video content related to the incident was removed.