MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A teenager is behind bars after making threats to hurt the community like the man accused of going on a shooting spree in Memphis.
Reginald Williams, 18, has been charged with the Commission of Act of Terrorism, Civil Rights Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct, and Harassment, court records show.
On Sept. 8, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) received a tip from a woman after she claimed to have seen a video on social media of a man making a threat to those who were going to participate in the Eliza Fletcher memorial run, an affidavit said.
According to an affidavit, the threats caused concern for people in the community who were in fear of their life.
Multiple people called and reported to MPD about the same video and the safety of the public.
Officials identified the man as Williams.
According to the affidavit, in the video, Williams stated:
“I’m fixing to go ahead and go Zeek Mode on nothing but white people. I catch any white h** on the sidewalk, you going to get popped tonight. He already shot a white old man. I’m fixing to shoot a white old lady sh**… while her grandkids in the car.”
After this comment, the video stopped, the affidavit said.
The same day that video posted, police say Ezekiel Kelly was involved in several shootings across the city.
Due to the nature of the events involving Kelly, and the video that Williams posted caused concern and fear from the community and officials began to investigate the situation further, records show.
On Sept. 9, officials made contact with the father of Williams, who said he would bring his son to the Memphis Gang Unit (MGU) office to speak with investigators.
Williams arrived and was questioned by MGU detectives and homeland security.
Williams was read his Miranda Rights, which he waived, and agreed to speak with investigators, records show.
During the interview, Williams gave a full statement of admission advising he was the individual who made the threats in the video.
According to the affidavit, Williams said made those threats because of the comment on his Facebook post he made about Zeek and Williams said that the comment was made by a “white lady,” which caused him to get angry and go live on Facebook.
Williams also told investigators there was a gun in the car with him at the time of the live video but he was not intending to kill anyone, the report said.
The teen also said the gun was his, but that he later gave the gun away when he realized the police were looking for him.
According to the affidavit, investigators asked Williams if he was the person who came up with the term “Zeek Mode” and he said he did come up with it and that it meant “to go around and kill random people.”
When asked by investigators if he was an active gang member, Williams said he was an active member of the “400″ and he was a “Crip,” the affidavit read.
Williams told police that he had been involved with the “Crip” gang since he was about the age of 13 or 14, reports said.
According to reports, investigators asked Williams what “Mgng” meant that was put at the beginning of his Facebook profile name, and Williams said it meant “my gang no gang.”
Williams is due in court on Sept. 12 and has a $100,000 bond.
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