Police arrest 19 y/o Tennessee man for gunning down people on Facebook live

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A 19-year-old man suspected of involvement in multiple shootings in Memphis, Tennessee, has been arrested, according to a statement released by the Memphis Police Department on Wednesday (local time).

On Twitter, the Memphis Police Department stated, "The suspect is in custody." The shelter-in-place order has been removed.

Ezekiel D. Kelly, the 19-year-old suspect wanted in connection with several shootings, has been captured for arbitrarily shooting people on Facebook life, according to a report from local media, adding that the event sparked fear among Memphis residents on Wednesday afternoon.

According to local media, numerous persons were shot in multiple locations, and the suspect streamed the violence live on Facebook; however, the actual number of victims is unknown now.

In a separate instance, 19-year-old Dontae Ramon Smith was charged with murder in connection with a series of random shootings in Detroit over the weekend of September 1, which claimed the lives of three persons. The accused committed three murders during a shooting spree.

In the meantime, US President Joe Biden stated that he is determined to outlaw assault rifles in the United States, given the rising gun violence in the nation.

The US Senate enacted a bipartisan package to reduce gun violence in the United States, the first substantial federal gun legislation in 30 years, to stem the rise of gun violence. 15 Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the legislation, marking a remarkable bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most divisive policy issues in the United States.

The "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act" aims to remove firearms from dangerous individuals and provide millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, and crisis intervention programs, in addition to providing states with incentives to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The law does not prohibit assault-style rifles or dramatically extend background check procedures for gun purchases. Still, it does provide states with additional resources to remove firearms from dangerous persons.

More than 390 million citizens own firearms in the United States. More than 45,000 Americans died of firearm-related injuries, including killings and suicides, in 2020 alone. This action follows the May 24 massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed. This was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States this year, and it occurred only ten days after another shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo in which ten people were killed.

In February 2022, in response to the escalating gun violence in the United States, the Department of Justice developed the National Ghost Gun Enforcement Initiative to prevent criminals from utilizing firearms.

In the past six months, according to the most recent data from the Gun Violence Archive, there have been almost 21,800 gun-related deaths and 296 mass shootings in the United States.

Publish : 2022-09-08 14:09:00

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