A television reporter in Memphis, Tennessee, became emotional as she discussed a shooting spree Wednesday that left four people dead and three others wounded just days after a jogger was abducted and later found dead.
“This is an extremely dangerous situation. And I know …,” Joyce Peterson, a reporter for NBC affiliate WMC of Memphis, said before she trailed off.
“Memphis is tired right now. Yeah. I’m good. I’m with you all,” she said. “Memphis is tired right now. … It’s difficult right now. Bear with me. It’s a very nerve-wracking night.”
The shootings began Wednesday with a man who was found dead in a driveway just before 1 a.m. Around 4:38 p.m., another man was found fatally shot in his vehicle, authorities said. Video from a nearby business showed a gray sedan pull up next to the victim’s car before the shooting.
Another victim, a woman, was found at 4:40 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head. She was hospitalized in noncritical condition. The other victims were two men who were wounded and two women who were killed.
A suspect, Ezekiel Dejuan Kelly, 19, was arrested around 9:20 p.m.; he was charged with first-degree murder early Thursday.
Two days before the shootings, Eliza Fletcher was found dead after she was abducted during a jog Friday morning near the University of Memphis. The suspect in that case, Cleotha Abston, was arrested and arraigned on numerous counts, including first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Peterson said both crimes have contributed to a “very difficult week.”
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