Memphis police say a 19-year-old man was shot with a cellphone. Who is Ezekiel Kelly?

Memphis went into lockdown for more than two hours Wednesday night after police said a man was driving through the city and shooting people.

The situation shut down much of downtown Memphis for hours and ended around 9:30 p.m. with the arrest of 19-year-old Ezekiel Dejuan Kelly in Whitehaven.

The shooting was streamed live on Facebook. a police alert was issued

Memphis police sent out a tweet shortly after 7 p.m. asking the public to be on the lookout for a man driving around the city shooting.

Police also said they had reports the man was posting videos on Facebook, but this could not be confirmed. Police warned people to be on the lookout for Kelly in a gray Toyota with Arkansas license plate AEV63K after initially reporting she was driving a Toyota with a red dealer tag and a broken rear window.

Amid the investigation into the suspected shooter, the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) has suspended bus and trolley service indefinitely.

“MATA leaders are acting with an abundance of caution and care for the safety of their drivers and riders,” the public transit agency said in a press release Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

MPD said there are reports of the man filming himself shooting and posting the videos on Facebook.

At 7:31 p.m. the University of Memphis notified the campus of a shooting in the area of ​​Patterson Street and Southern Avenue, on the southwest corner of campus. According to the alert, the person “immediately left” the area.

In an updated warning issued at 8:09 p.m., the U of M said there is “no threat at this time at the University,” but advised students to follow police advice and stay inside.

The university locked the campus doors “for general safety” and had officers in the area on patrol.

“All University phones and the LiveSafe app have been overwhelmed by the volume of calls and reports,” the U of M wrote in its notification.

“The suspect is still at large,” police said in a tweet at 8 p.m. “If you don’t need to be out, stay home until the problem is resolved.”

Shooting in Midtown Memphis

Just before 8 p.m., a Commercial Appeal reporter saw a man injured on the sidewalk being helped into an ambulance, along with police crime tape blocking the area near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and McLean Avenue down town.

A Honda Pilot SUV was parked in the area with the windows down.

Police blocked off Poplar Avenue from McLean Avenue to North Evergreen Street Wednesday afternoon.

Amid the investigation into the suspected shooter, the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) has suspended bus and trolley service indefinitely.

“MATA leaders are acting with an abundance of caution and care for the safety of their drivers and riders,” the public transit agency said in a press release Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Kelly on a charge of first-degree murder as the investigation continued.

A crash and an arrest

At approximately 9 p.m., police cordoned off an area in Southaven after responding to a vehicle theft at the Raceway gas station.

After learning that Kelly was a suspect in the theft, Southaven police said officers flooded the area and caught Kelly in Whitehaven.

Police sent out a clear alert to residents around 9:20 p.m

Kelly spent three years in prison for attempted first-degree murder before being released in March. Details of that case were not immediately available Wednesday night.

Police did not say what they believe sparked the Wednesday night shooting spree, nor did they immediately provide details on how many people may have been injured or killed.

This article originally appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal: Who is Ezekiel Kelly, the Memphis cell phone shooter?

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