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A man who killed 3 women and a teenager is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say

Police said the four killed were ‘innocent’ family members. The statement said the community was grieving in what is another case of domestic violence

Memphis Ezekiel D Kelly
Memphis Police officers work an active shooter scene in 2022.Mark Weber (AP)

A suspect in Tennessee died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while on the run Sunday after a series of shootings that killed four people — all women — and seriously injured a fifth, police said.

Officers found the body of Mavis Christian Jr., 52, in his car during a manhunt following the shootings at three locations in Memphis that left three women and a teenage girl dead and critically wounded another teenage girl, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless shootings on Saturday… resulting in the deaths of four innocent family members and a fifth victim critically injured,” the statement posted on social media said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones as our community grieves more lives taken by domestic violence.”

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said that “incidents like these shake us all to our core.”

Memphis Police Department officers responded to a report of a shooting at 9:22 p.m. on the 100 Block of Howard Drive. Police found a woman with an apparent gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators determined there were two other connected fatal shootings. At Field Lark Drive, a woman and a 13-year-old girl were killed and a 15-year-old girl was critically wounded. Another woman was found fatally shot on Warrington Road, Memphis Police Officer Christopher Williams said.

Police believed Christian was responsible for the shootings and began a search involving local, state and federal law enforcement agencies until the suspect’s body was found.

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