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Daughter of nurse killed by grinning Memphis gunman rages at violence in the troubled city

A crazed gunman accused of shooting four people dead has appeared in court as a judge warned him he could face the death penalty.  

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, launched his alleged rampage just before 1am on Wednesday and terrorized the city for more than 19 hours, killing four people and injuring three others.

He appeared in court in Memphis, Tennessee, today dressed in blue issued prison uniform,  charged with one count of first-degree murder. 

The judge informed him that he could be facing the death penalty for the charges, but the hearing was adjourned for him to be assigned a public defender. 

Kelly only spoke to confirm that he would not be able to afford an attorney and will require a public defender.  

A devastated daughter of one of this victims has blasted the violence on the rise in Memphis, with Kelly streaming the slayings on Facebook. 

Nurse Allison Parker, 38, was shot dead as Kelly carjacked her Toyota SUV in an attempt to flee police, with her daughter Ariana, 20 witnessing her mother’s death.

She posted on Instagram saying: ‘Watched my own momma die in front of me. F*** this city.’

A GoFundMe for the mother-of-three’s children has been set up, which states that the trio are now orphans after the shooting Parker and the loss of their father two years ago.

Kelly is believed to have started his rampage at around 12:56am, shooting and killing Dewayne Tunstall, 24, who was reportedly a friend of his in his driveway on Glendale Avenue.

Tunstall had been visiting friends with Kelly pulled him to the side and drew a black handgun, shooting him several times in the head with a black handgun.

He appeared in court in Memphis, Tennessee, today dressed in blue issued prison uniform, charged with one count of first-degree murder

He appeared in court in Memphis, Tennessee, today dressed in blue issued prison uniform, charged with one count of first-degree murder

Devestated Ariana Parker, 20, watched as her mother Allison, 38, was shot dead as Kelly carjacked her Toyota SUV in a bid to escape cops who were hunting him amid his shooting spree

Devestated Ariana Parker, 20, watched as her mother Allison, 38, was shot dead as Kelly carjacked her Toyota SUV in a bid to escape cops who were hunting him amid his shooting spree

Devestated Ariana Parker, 20, watched as her mother Allison, 38, was shot dead as Kelly carjacked her Toyota SUV in a bid to escape cops who were hunting him amid his shooting spree

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1662757373 719 Daughter of nurse killed by grinning Memphis gunman rages at

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, is now in police custody after allegedly shooting dead four people and injuring another three in a 19-hour long rampage across Memphis Tennesee. Kelly was arrested when he crashed during a high speed chase after the carjacking in Southaven,Mississippi, where he crossed state lines in an attempt to evade police

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, is now in police custody after allegedly shooting dead four people and injuring another three in a 19-hour long rampage across Memphis Tennesee. Kelly was arrested when he crashed during a high speed chase after the carjacking in Southaven,Mississippi, where he crossed state lines in an attempt to evade police

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, is now in police custody after allegedly shooting dead four people and injuring another three in a 19-hour long rampage across Memphis Tennesee. Kelly was arrested when he crashed during a high speed chase after the carjacking in Southaven,Mississippi, where he crossed state lines in an attempt to evade police

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1662757376 491 Daughter of nurse killed by grinning Memphis gunman rages at

Kelly is believed to have started his rampage at around 12:56am, shooting and killing Dewayne Tunstall, 24, (pictured) who was reportedly a friend of his

Kelly has a violent criminal record, with police linking him to eight different incidents and warned terrified members of the public to stay away from him.

The teenager had been jailed in 2021 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, despite earlier being charged with attempted murder, and was released early from his three-year sentence.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for the decision, saying that had he served his full sentence then ‘four of our fellow citizens would still be alive.’

He was described as being ‘armed and dangerous’ by police, with Police Chief Cerelyn Davis describing it as a ‘horrific week’ for the city.

Several hours after the initial shooting, he then started turning the gun on people at random – forcing locals to shelter in their homes.

At around 4.38pm he then shot a man dead as he sat in his car on South Parkway East multiple times, and two minutes later fired his gun at Lakesha McGlathen, 44,  near Norris Road and Interstate 240.

She was rushed to hospital with a bullet wound to the leg, and was transported to a hospital but has since been released home. 

Crazed Kelly opened fire at an AutoZone store on Jackson Avenue just before 6pm, where he started to live stream the horror on Facebook.

He is understood to have shot Rodolfo Berger twice, who remains in a critical condition in hospital awaiting surgery.

His daughter Jenny posted online: ‘I love this man so much… my life partner and best friend. If you know me, you know he’s my world.

‘No one deserves to go through this. He’s out of surgery now and under extreme care. I was able to breathe and calm down.

‘He’s needing another surgery in a few days and I can feel in my heart he is so STRONG and ready for a journey of healing ahead. I will be with him soon.’

Corteria Wright, 17, was shot in the back by Kelly at around 8.55pm and killed

Corteria Wright, 17, was shot in the back by Kelly at around 8.55pm and killed

Allison Parker was killed by Kelly as he took her vehicle fleeing police

Allison Parker was killed by Kelly as he took her vehicle fleeing police

Corteria Wright, 17, was shot and killed by Kelly at around 8.55pm and is thought to be his final victim before he was apprehended by officers. Allison Parker (right) was killed by Kelly as he took her vehicle fleeing police

He is understood to have shot Rodolfo Berger twice, who remains in a critical condition in hospital awaiting surgery

He is understood to have shot Rodolfo Berger twice, who remains in a critical condition in hospital awaiting surgery

He is understood to have shot Rodolfo Berger twice, who remains in a critical condition in hospital awaiting surgery

Terrified residents alerted police to the shootings after Kelly started a live stream on his Facebook page. He can be seen entereing AutoZone and aiming at a customer, now identified as Berger, who remains in hospital in a serious condition

Terrified residents alerted police to the shootings after Kelly started a live stream on his Facebook page. He can be seen entereing AutoZone and aiming at a customer, now identified as Berger, who remains in hospital in a serious condition

Terrified residents alerted police to the shootings after Kelly started a live stream on his Facebook page. He can be seen entereing AutoZone and aiming at a customer, now identified as Berger, who remains in hospital in a serious condition

Lakesha McGlathen, 44,  was shot int he leg by Kelly near Norris Road and Interstate 240 while she and her father had stopped the car to deal with a flat tire

Lakesha McGlathen, 44,  was shot int he leg by Kelly near Norris Road and Interstate 240 while she and her father had stopped the car to deal with a flat tire

Lakesha McGlathen, 44,  was shot int he leg by Kelly near Norris Road and Interstate 240 while she and her father had stopped the car to deal with a flat tire

Timeline: The 22-hour bloody rampage through Memphis on Wednesday 

SHOOTING 1 – 12:56AM: Dewayne Tunstall, 24  is shot and killed in his driveway, 3100 block of Lyndale Avenue.

SHOOTING 2 – 4:38PM: Man is shot and killed inside his car on 946 East Parkway South. CCTV revealed man pulled up in a grey sedan and opened fire.

SHOOTING 3 – 4:40PM: Woman is shot in the leg on Norris Road near southbound ramp to Interstate 240, taken to hospital in noncritical condition.

SHOOTING 4 – 5:59PM: Suspect live-streams on Facebook as he shoots Rodolfo Berger, who remains in a critical condition, in an AutoZone on 4000 block of Jackson Avenue.

POLICE ALERT – 6:12PM: Memphis police put out a city-wide alert on the shooting suspect, with parts of Memphis going into lockdown

SHOOTING 5 – 7:23PM: Woman carjacked and fatally shot at Poplar Avenue and North Evergreen Street.

SHOOTING 6 – 7:24PM: Police respond to another shooting at Poplar and Evergreen, with a man taken to hospital in a non-critical condition.

SHOOTING 7 – 8:55PM: Corteria Wright, 17, is shot in the back and killed on the 800 block of West Raines Street, and another man is injured.

CARJACKING – 8:56PM: Police respond as a Dodge challenger is carjacked on Stateline Road and Highway 51. The owner was not injured.

ARRESTED – 8:58 PM: Police spot the Dodge Challenger going northbound on Interstate 55 – and a high-speed chase begins. Kelly is arrested at Hodge Rd & Ivan Rd and take him into custody. 

Kelly can be seen in the footage getting out of his car, walking into the store and pulling a gun to shoot Berger.

The teenager then rants to the camera about ‘no faking’ saying ‘this s*** for real’ on the livestream, with citizens reporting the footage to police.

Officers then issued an alert about Kelly and his vehicle, but shortly after he carjacked and shot Allison Parker at Poplar Avenue and Evergreen Street in an attempt to switch vehicles.

She was shot dead at 7.23pm with Kelly driving off in her car, a gray Toyota SUV, before officers found another man suffering from gunshot wounds a minute later. He was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Corteria Wright, 17, was shot in the back by Kelly at around 8.55pm and is thought to be his final victim before he was apprehended by officers.

Her heartbroken dad Corterian Wright posted an emotional video begginng for people to ‘stop the senseless s***’ adding: ‘My baby just turned 17. Please stop the violence, I’m begging y’all.’

After shooting Wright, Kelly crossed the state line and is accused of committing a second carjacking.

Police say that he held the driver of the Dodge Challenger up at gunpoint at a gas station in Southhaven, Mississippi.

The driver of the car was uninjured, and officers embarked upon a high speed chase on Interstate 55 that ended with Kelly crashing the car.

Officers recovered two weapons from the car, and footage shows Kelly grinning ear to ear after being put in the back of a police vehicle.

Police ordered residents to stay inside, with public bus services suspended and two universities were place on high alert as Kelly’s violent rampage continued.

His rampage has left Memphis residents reeling from the recent spate of violent crime in the city.

A pastor was recently killed in a carjacking in the city, with police searching for missing mother-of-two Eliza Fletcher, 34, before finding her dead body by an abandoned property.

Cleotha Abston-Henderson, 38, was yesterday charged with the murder of the billionaire heiress after violently bundling her into a car.

Abston-Henderson was released early from a felony kidnapping charge in 2020, had he served the full sentence he would have remained in prison until 2022.

Kelly was previously arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, using a gun during a felony and aggravated assault in June 2020.

In 2021 he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated assault for offences which were committed when he was 17.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for the decision, saying that had he served his full sentence then 'four of our fellow citizens would still be alive'

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for the decision, saying that had he served his full sentence then 'four of our fellow citizens would still be alive'

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for the decision, saying that had he served his full sentence then ‘four of our fellow citizens would still be alive’

Kelly, seen here in a Facebook post posing while standing over a pair of pistols and 20-dollar bills

Kelly, seen here in a Facebook post posing while standing over a pair of pistols and 20-dollar bills

Kelly, seen here in a Facebook post posing while standing over a pair of pistols and 20-dollar bills

Mugshot: Ezekiel Kelly, 19, caught on camera flashing and eerie grin after allegedly shooting four people dead and injuring three others. He lead police on an hours-long manhunt after an alert was raised, putting parts of the city into lockdown

Mugshot: Ezekiel Kelly, 19, caught on camera flashing and eerie grin after allegedly shooting four people dead and injuring three others. He lead police on an hours-long manhunt after an alert was raised, putting parts of the city into lockdown

Pictured: Ezekiel Kelly, 19, caught on camera flashing and eerie grin after allegedly shooting four people dead and injuring three others. He lead police on an hours-long manhunt after an alert was raised, putting parts of the city into lockdown

Pictured: Ezekiel Kelly, 19, caught on camera flashing and eerie grin after allegedly shooting four people dead and injuring three others. He lead police on an hours-long manhunt after an alert was raised, putting parts of the city into lockdown

Pictured: Ezekiel Kelly, 19, caught on camera flashing an eerie grin (left in a mugshot and right in the back of a cop car) after allegedly shooting four people dead and injuring three others

Police in Memphis worked the scene of one of the shootings on Poplar Avenue after 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly went on a wild shooting rampage

Police in Memphis worked the scene of one of the shootings on Poplar Avenue after 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly went on a wild shooting rampage

Police in Memphis worked the scene of one of the shootings on Poplar Avenue after 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly went on a wild shooting rampage

He was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released in March after serving just 11 months of his sentence.

When asked why he was released early by DailyMail.com Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy said: ‘Mr. Kelly served approximately 70% of the sentence he received as part of his plea deal, which included nearly 15 months of jail time prior to his conviction, 11 months in prison, and credits for the time served while incarcerated.

‘In accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee at the time of his sentencing, this made him eligible for release.’

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland slammed the courts for the decision to release Kelly, saying: ‘If Mr. Kelly served his full three-year sentence, he would still be in prison today and four of our fellow citizens would still be alive.’

He also urged the public to hold him and other officials to account over violent crime in the city, while saying the police were arresting ‘the same people over and over’.

During his rampage Kelly ranted that he would not return to jail on social media, but it is not clear what sparked the shooting spree.

Police have not yet revealed what the possible motive for the shooting spree was.

During the video he can be heard saying repeatedly ‘we do this s*** for real’ and ‘he was dying today’.

The teenager can also be heard saying: ‘Check this s*** out. I pull up and do this s***.

‘What do those n***** say? No faking? No faking. You heard me, this s*** for real.

‘On my mamma, how do you think I’m playing? This s*** so real, man. I’m killing s*** for real.’

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, seen here in a Facebook post, was tracked down by the Memphis police after a shooting spree that left at least four people dead and three injure

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, seen here in a Facebook post, was tracked down by the Memphis police after a shooting spree that left at least four people dead and three injure

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, seen here in a Facebook post, was tracked down by the Memphis police after a shooting spree that left at least four people dead and three injure

Eliza Fletcher, 34, was last seen about 4.20am on Friday, when she was jogging in Memphis and a man approached her and forced her into an SUV after a brief struggle, police said

Eliza Fletcher, 34, was last seen about 4.20am on Friday, when she was jogging in Memphis and a man approached her and forced her into an SUV after a brief struggle, police said

The last known image of Fletcher shows her jogging early on Friday

The last known image of Fletcher shows her jogging early on Friday

The shooting spree comes the same week that the body of kidnapped billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher, 34, was found in Memphis. Police have charged Cleotha Henderson, an ex-con who served 20 years for a previous abduction, with aggravated kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and murder

He even threatened at one point to ‘shoot it out’ with police.

Kelly’s Facebook profile appeared to have been deactivated by the social media giant after the livestream.

The social media company removed Kelly’s live video soon after it was posted, MailOnline was told, and was working to remove any copies of the video to stop the footage from spreading on Facebook.

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism – an organisation that works to prevent extremists from exploiting the internet and digital platforms – also activated its Content Incident Protocol in response to the shooting.

In another video taken from that broadcast Kelly’s short dreadlocks can be seen as he’s driving down the road and says, ‘It’s getting real wild here’ and then the sound of automatic gunfire can be heard.

Kelly, whose Facebook page shows him flashing guns and money in most photos, posted an eerie message in mid-August, saying ‘I’m sorry momma I know you hate how I live…I know you pray every night I swear wont GO without a fight.’

Ali Roberts, acting assistant special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Memphis, said it was too early in the investigation to discuss how the suspect got the gun or guns used in the shootings.

The city has seen a string of high-profile killings in recent months, including the murder of a pastor during a carjacking and the abduction and murder last week of billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher, 34, who was on a pre-dawn run.

Memphis City Council member Chase Carlisle said on Twitter: ‘I understand it feels like so much violence and evil to experience in such a short time, we are SO much more than this.’

The United States regularly sees mass shootings and other gun violence, but Congress has been reluctant to pass strict gun control legislation as the issue remains politically divisive.

At least 490 people have been killed in mass shootings and mass murders in the US in 2022 so far, according to the Gun Violence Archive, with 14,050 people dying in gun-related incidents over the same period, excluding suicides.

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