MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Editor’s Note: Memphis Police originally said that 17-year-old Corteria McKinnie was shot to death during Kelly’s shooting spree. The police department has since issued a correction, saying McKinnie was shot and killed by someone else. FOX13 has edited this story to reflect that.
FOX13 is working to gather more information about the victims involved in one man’s shooting rampage across Memphis and the Mid-South.
Three people died and another three people were injured after a gunman went on a shooting spree Wednesday.
The suspect, Ezekiel Kelly, 19, was arrested Wednesday night after wrecking a car near Ivan Road and Hodges Road, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said Kelly carjacked a Dodge Challenger in Southaven and had been trapped in the car.
He’s charged with one count of first-degree murder, but more charges are expected to follow.
Police identified the first victim as 24-year-old Dewayne Tunstall. The Memphis Police Department (MPD) said he was shot and killed in the 3100 block of Lyndale Ave. just before 1 a.m.
Tunstall is better known as Sosa or Amir to his friends and family.
FOX13 spoke with one of his close friends, who said he would do anything for his loved ones, and he leaves behind a young daughter.
“He was just an all-around well-rounded young man, and he just didn’t deserve this,” Princess Onwubiko said. “He helped other young men try and better their lives and help them find jobs.”
Tunstall’s murder happened hours before the alleged gunman went on a mobile shooting spree around Memphis.
“Two hours later, this boy is on Facebook live saying he is the one who did this to Sosa and boasting about it. It was just utterly disgusting,” Onwubiko said.
In an article published in Sunny Skyz, Tunstall was recognized for buying a stranger’s gas.
Onwubiko said Tunstall’s daughter was his world.
“Every time we hung out, he thought of his daughter,” she said. “He would buy Easter baskets, Valentine’s Day baskets.”
Onwubiko said she wants her friend to be remembered as the generous and selfless person he was.
“He was sweet, he wanted to leave here. He wanted to make it. He wanted to make it in his music. He pushed all his friends to be better,” Onwubiko said.
Two other shootings were confirmed in Memphis Wednesday evening: a deadly shooting at a BP gas station on S. Parkway and a woman who was critically injured after being shot on Norris Road near I-240.
The victim at the gas station was shot around 4:35 p.m., just before the woman was shot.
Memphis Police later identified that victim as 62-year-old Richard Clark.
MPD confirmed another shooting at an AutoZone on Jackson near Wells.
In a Facebook Live video, the suspect appears to walk into the auto parts store, aim a gun at a man, and pull the trigger.
FOX13 learned the man wounded in that shooting was Rodolfo “Rudy” Berger.
According to a GoFundMe page created to help pay for medical bills, Berger is a father and grandfather.
MPD said the shooting spree involved at least eight scenes across the city.
The Family Practice Center of West Memphis posted a picture Thursday morning on Facebook, identifying one of the victims as Allison Parker.
The post said she was a medical assistant at the practice.
Parker’s sister-in-law sent FOX13 a message saying Parker loved her three kids more than anything, and she had a nurturing and calming personality that was contagious.
During a press conference, District Attorney Steve Mulroy spoke about the violence. “People are frightened. People are angry,” he said.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said he was angry. “This is no way for us to live,” he said during the press conference.
One of the victims who survived is currently at Regional One, still in critical condition. Two others are in non-critical condition.
Thursday morning, Strickland spoke with FOX13 on-air about the deadly rampage.
“My words can’t describe how awful I feel for them,” he said. “My heart breaks.”
GoFundMe pages have been made for at least two of the victims’ families:
You can donate to Allison Parker’s three children, who also lost their father two years ago, HERE.
17-year-old Corteria Wright is another person who died violently that Wednesday. Memphis Police originally said that she was a victim of this senseless shooting spree, but later issued a correction, saying that the 17-year-old was shot by someone else on East Raines Road in the midst of the chaos.
You can donate to help with Corteria Wright’s funeral expenses HERE.
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