Memphis shooting suspect found dead after killing three women and teen girl in spree

Each shooting believed to be domestic violence situation, police say

Rituparna Chatterjee
Sunday 19 November 2023 11:30 EST

FILE: Drive-by shooting caught on camera in Memphis

A suspect in Tennessee, who allegedly shot three women and a teenage girl to death and critically wounded another teen at three separate locations on Saturday, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, police said.

Each of the shootings was believed to be a domestic violence situation, the police said.

Memphis Police Department officers responded to a report of a shooting at 9.22pm 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 spokesperson Christopher Williams said.

Police said they believe the same suspect was responsible for the shootings and began a search for Mavis Christian Jr.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in the search, the Memphis police said.

Officers found the 52-year-old dead in his car during the manhunt from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

On Sunday, Memphis police issued a statement, calling the shootings “tragic and senseless.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones as the community grieves more lives taken by domestic violence,” the statement continued.

(Additional inputs from agencies)

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