In April 2021, Ezekiel Kelly pled guilty to aggravated assault and was condemned to 3 years behind bars. Kelly only spent 11 months in prison and was freed roughly six months ago. Here’s Ezekiel Kelly, the Memphis shooting suspect and five fast facts you need to know.
Memphis police identified Ezekiel Kelly as the active gunman who shot down seven individuals, killing four, in public areas throughout the Tennessee city.
According to Memphis police, Kelly, 19, was broadcasting live on Facebook throughout the shootings and is currently in custody. He is also known as Ezekiel Dejuan Kelly and Ezekiel D. Kelly.
“This has been a horrific week for the City of Memphis,” C.J. Davis, the Memphis chief of police, said at a media briefing.
She stated that four people were killed by gunfire (two men and two women), three others were shot and injured, and an eighth individual was carjacked but wasn’t hurt. She provided a full chronology of the shooting rampage, which can be found further down in this article.
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According to Fox 13 Memphis, Kelly was captured after crashing a carjacked Dodge Challenger near Ivan and Hodges Roads, putting an end to the senseless shooting spree that horrified the already traumatized city.
The gunman broadcasted live on Facebook, on a profile called “Zeek Huncho,” according to the chief. You can see the Facebook Live video later in this post, but just be warned: it is incredibly frightening, violent, and explicit, since it depicts a guy getting shot in an AutoZone. The victims’ identities have not yet been released. That man is in serious condition, but four others were killed in separate shootings.
The Facebook page’s URL was “bankboy Zeek,” and it featured photographs of guns. It has since been removed.
Kelly was seen smiling following his arrest.
What you should know is this:
1. Kelly Says on Facebook Live Video, ‘This S*** For Real,’ Before Randomly Shooting a Man in an AutoZone
The AutoZone footage is quite unsettling and gruesome.
The active shooter can be seen in the camera recording entering the store and shooting a man at random shortly after doing so. The man is merely standing in the middle of the aisle, without doing anything wrong.
“No fakin’, no fakin’. This s*** for real…,” the active shooter said casually as he entered the store.
In a second video, he can be seen driving by a gas station and appears to be shooting. This video also contains incredibly graphic language. “This s*** for real n*****,” he said.
The perpetrator’s Facebook Live videos were shared widely on social media. “This sh** too easy,” he remarked in one clip. Police claimed that they managed to connect the Zeek Huncho page to Ezekiel Kelly and identify the gunman.
2. Police Called Kelly, Who Has a Serious Criminal History for Attempted Murder & an Arrest Warrant for Murder, ‘Armed & Dangerous’
According to Shelby County court documents obtained the media, Kelly, who resides on Hitchcock Drive in Memphis, was the target of an arrest warrant on a first-degree murder accusation filed on September 7, 2022. The specifics of the case were not readily available.
Kelly was charged with two separate charges of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm, and reckless endangerment with a lethal weapon in February 2020, according to court records. In June 2020, he was indicted by a grand jury on those allegations. He was 17 years old at the time.
In April 2021, he pled guilty to aggravated assault and was condemned to 3 years behind bars. Kelly only spent 11 months in prison and was freed roughly six months ago, according to officials at the media briefing.
Memphis police wrote at about 7 p.m. central time, “ALERT!! ARMED AND DANGEROUS!!!! Be on the lookout for a male Black occupying a blue or silver sedan (possibly an Infiniti or Nissan) who is responsible for multiple shootings. We are getting reports that he is recording his actions on Facebook. We do not have a specific location of where he is now. If you have any information of his whereabouts call 911 immediately.”
Police then wrote that the gunman had changed cars, “UPDATE: suspect is now believed to be in a grey Toyota SUV.”
Memphis police posted a picture from the Zeek Huncho Facebook page and commented, “The suspect is a 19-year-old male Black driving a light blue Infiniti.”
The threat of an active shooter emerges as Memphis is still suffering over the kidnapping and murder of jogger Eliza Fletcher.
3. Memphis Police Said in a Detailed Timeline That There Are at Least Eight Crime Scenes in Kelly’s Rampage Through the City
The police chief provided the following comprehensive timeline of the shooting spree:
At 12:56 a.m., the first shooting happened. A deceased man was discovered in a driveway along Lyndale Avenue. According to authorities, the murder suspect was known on Facebook as “Zeek Huncho.”
Police responded to another incident in the 900 block of South Parkway East at 4:38 p.m. and discovered a male victim in his vehicle with several gunshot injuries. He had passed away. A Black male pulled up to the victim in a gray sedan, discharged multiple bullets, then left, according to video surveillance.
A female victim was shot in the leg around 4:40 p.m. near Norris Road and Interstate 240. Her injuries were non-critical.
Officers arrived to a shooting in the 4000 block of Jackson Ave. at 5:59 p.m. She verified that the culprit was live on Facebook at the moment via the Zeek Huncho page. A man in critical condition was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
According to authorities, the suspect appeared on Zeek Huncho’s Facebook Live threatening to harm people. Officers responded to a shooting at Poplar Avenue and Evergreen at 7:23 p.m. During a carjacking, the shooter shot a female. That woman was murdered. The suspect fled the scene in her SUV.
They discovered another male victim that had been shot along Poplar Avenue a minute later. He was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Then around 8:55 p.m., officers uncovered another female victim with bullet wounds. She had passed away.
The suspect carjacked a gray Dodge Challenger along Stateline Road and Highway 51 at 8:56 p.m. This victim was unhurt. Authorities saw the Challenger two minutes later, and a high-speed chase commenced.
On Twitter, police issued numerous alerts about the active shooter.
“UPDATE: the vehicle reportedly has a red dealer tag and a rear window busted out,” police wrote.
4. Numerous Photos on the Zeek Huncho Facebook Page Show the Suspect With Guns & Wads of Cash
The Zeek Huncho page’s cover photo depicts a man holding what looks to be a firearm. That post reads, “FREE MY KILLER KARMA BEEN BAD SINCE YOU BEEN GONE 💚 Luh Ty.” You can see it here:
The page reads, “longlive kinglonglive ricolonglive terio ,8-8-22 #SVMCEOZEEK #NHC,” and says its user lives in Memphis and is from Spring Valley, Tennessee.
In July, he wrote, “If I Lose It All Today I’ll Get It Back Tomorrow 💥Ima Natural Born Hustla Been This Way Since A Toddler💰 #fifthball”
Another post from July mentions a shootout.
“I can’t lie again, I can’t tell on my friend
They asked and you told what you knew ’bout ✅
I charged my F&N, hope it blow again
I’m the first one to shoot in a shootout 💚”
He wrote in June, “I just don’t understand this ‘I pray to the judge’ but you was my charge partner and you describe to the judge im the driver and my nick and government name people are delusional 🤷🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️”
5. The Suspect Wrote, ‘I’m Sorry Momma, I Know You Hate How I Live’
The most recent public post on the Zeek Huncho Facebook page was made on August 18.
It reads, “I’m sorry momma I know you hate how I live fuc it this just what it is I got you 4 life I know you pray every night I swear wont GO witout a fight I promise I want go out like his kinfolk #JustUs.”
A woman wrote on Twitter during the spree, “Memphis followers get in the house and don’t stop at any gas stations there’s an active shooter shooting people at random 😳”