US: 2 dead in Memphis shooting, suspect arrested
Two people were killed in Memphis city of United States on Wednesday when a 19-year-old gunman opened fire on a gathering, according to police.
The incident began when the suspect, Ezekiel Kelly, drove about the city firing at random individuals while live-streaming the crime on Facebook, Associated Press quoted them as saying.
Meanwhile, he has been arrested by Memphis Police under “multiple shooting” charges.
Why does this story matter?
- In recent weeks, the US has been shaken by a succession of high-profile shootings, including at a school in Texas, a church in California, a grocery store in New York, an Oklahoma hospital, and a marketplace in Philadelphia.
- Numerous people have died as a result of the incidents.
- The incidents have led to additional calls for gun control legislation in the United States.
Gunman fired randomly at people
As per reports, the suspected gunman entered a store and opened fire on people, and live-streamed the entire act.
Before leaving, the alleged gunman damaged his vehicle and fled with another car, reports said, adding that the driver of that car was also injured.
Meanwhile, Memphis Police have arrested the suspect, however, they asked people to stay indoors until the issue is addressed completely.
There is an active shooter on the loose in Memphis right now who has been shooting people at random on Facebook Live.
This country has a MAJOR problem.
— dara faye (@darafaye) September 8, 2022
Alert issued after the incident
Soon after the shooting incident was reported, the police issued an alert across the city asking people to stay indoors.
Notably, the suspect had fled across the Tennessee state line into Arkansas.
Various education institutions like the University of Memphis and Rhodes College also alerted students saying a shooting has been reported near the campuses.
US gun violence rises over the summer
In the US, gun violence typically rises during the summer.
According to estimates, approximately 393 million weapons were in circulation in the country by 2020.
In response to the recent carnages, US President Joe Biden called for new gun control legislation in June.
Many senators also stressed discussing gun control measures, although Republicans have traditionally opposed stricter gun laws.
214 mass shootings in US so far this year
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is regarded as the US’s most influential pro-gun group.
The measures to stop mass shootings, such as extending background checks for gun transactions, have been rejected.
However, as a result of its involvement in legal disputes related to a corruption scandal, its power has diminished.
Notably, over 214 mass shootings have occurred in the US so far this year.
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