Family of slain elderly rideshare driver speaks out after suspect’s arrest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested for committing multiple murders on the same day, including the death of an elderly rideshare driver.

At approximately 2 p.m., Memphis Police responded to a shooting at Barron Avenue near Getwell Road.

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When officers arrived, they found a man on the ground with a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to Regional One in critical condition.

Police later arrested Joshua Gossett, 28, as the suspect in the shooting.

Preliminary information showed that Gossett was responsible for two separate murders that occurred on Oct. 30.

Gossett is charged with killing Richard Skelskey, 80, and with the shooting death of a woman that happened in Memphis’ Parkway Village neighborhood minutes later.

FOX13′s reporter Dakari Turner asked if the crimes were connected, Memphis Police said they would not be able to release more information until Monday.

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Sunday afternoon, 80-year-old Richard Skelskey was shot to death on Barron Avenue near Getwell Road, Memphis Police confirmed to FOX13.

Hours after Skelsky was shot to death and his car taken, Skelsky’s sister, Carol Soto said in an interview that the family believed his death to be the result of a carjacking after they said the 80-year-old had recently begun driving for Uber and Lyft to make extra money.

“What we do know is only that he was shot in the back of the head, the wounds look horrific, it was probably an execution. His car is missing, his wallet is missing, his phone is turned off,” Soto said.

Unavailable to speak Sunday afternoon, Soto said in a text message “My family and I are relieved that this man is in custody. … I am trying to think of my brother’s death as a result of the senseless gun violence that plagues this country...”

Online records showed Gossett had charges like felony handgun possession, previously dropped, though he has been convicted of lesser crimes.

In 2015, for example, a charge of second-degree attempted murder was dropped, according to online criminal records, in lieu of his pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

He was given a three-year suspended sentence and given three years of probation.

The identity of the second person killed has not been released publicly.