A TV reporter in Memphis, Tennessee became emotional as she discussed a Wednesday shooting that left four people dead and three others injured just days after a jogger was abducted and later found dead.
“It’s an extremely dangerous situation. And I know…”, Joyce Peterson, journalist for the NBC affiliate WMC of Memphis, said before stopping.
“Memphis is tired right now. Yeah. I’m fine. I’m with y’all,” she said. “Memphis is tired right now. … It’s tough right now. Be patient. It’s a very nerve-wracking night.”
The shooting began Wednesday with a man who was found dead in an alley shortly before 1 a.m. Around 4:38 p.m., another man was found fatally shot in his vehicle, authorities said. Video from a nearby business showed a gray sedan pull up next to the victim’s car before the shooting.
Another victim, a woman, was found at 4:40 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head. She was hospitalized in non-critical condition. The other victims are two men injured and two women killed.
A suspect, Ezekiel Dejuan Kelly, 19, was arrested around 9:20 p.m.; he was charged with first degree murder early Thursday.
Two days before the shooting, Eliza Fletcher was found dead after being abducted during a Friday morning jog near the University of Memphis. The suspect in this case, Cleotha Abston, has been arrested and tried on numerous charges, including first degree murder and kidnapping.
Peterson said both crimes contributed to a “very difficult week”.