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Four people have been killed and three wounded after a teenage gunman allegedly went on a shooting spree in Memphis, Tennessee.

The suspect, identified as Ezekiel Kelly, 19, is believed to have posted footage of at least one shooting live on Facebook, the city’s police department said.

Kelly, who was charged with attempted murder in 2020 but later jailed on a lesser charge, was released from prison less than six months ago.

The rampage began just before 1pm on Wednesday and ended with the suspect’s arrest eight hours later after a high-speed police chase.

Local residents had been warned that an armed and dangerous man was on the loose and told to seek shelter indoors until he was caught.

“We are getting reports he is recording his actions on Facebook,” police said.

One unverified video shows the gunman rambling “this is for real” as he bursts into a shop and opens fire.

The first victim, a man, was found in the driveway of a property at 12.56pm, the Memphis Police Department said in a midnight news conference.

At 4.38pm, another man was found in his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced dead on the scene.

Two minutes later, a woman was found with gunshot wounds and rushed to hospital.

The suspect is alleged to have opened fire inside a store around 5.59pm, recording the incident on Facebook Live, police said.

A man with gunshot wounds was taken to hospital.

At 7.23pm another woman was shot, before a man was wounded one minute later on the same road.

The suspect is said to have gunned down another woman at 8.55pm before holding the driver of a Dodge Challenger at gunpoint and carjacking the vehicle.

Two weapons were found inside the car when it was eventually stopped by police.

The police department said officers from its homicide unit had been deployed to the various crime scenes across the city.

Kelly was freed from prison in March after serving 11 months of a three-year sentence for aggravated assault, the department said.

The violence unfolded after a series of shooting incidents in the past week.

Cerelyn Davis, the Memphis police director, said: “I want to reassure the community that 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly is in custody.

“This has been a horrific week for the city of Memphis and Memphis Police Department.

“We extend our sincere condolences to all the victims who have been affected by the sequence of violent acts today.”

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Police at one crime scene in Poplar Avenue, Memphis. Pic: AP

Ms Davis also thanked the public and police for their help in the “relentless pursuit and successful arrest” of Kelly.

The force described the rampage as a “senseless, senseless act of violence” that happened as people were “going about their ordinary lives”.

The rampage follows the discovery of the body of heiress Eliza Fletcher, 34, who was out on her usual morning run near the University of Memphis when she disappeared.

Cleotha Abston, 38, has been charged with her murder.

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