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Memphis gunman suspected of killing 3 women, teen in shooting spree found dead: police

The gunman believed to be behind the killings of three women and a 13-year-old girl during a shooting spree across Memphis Saturday night was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Memphis Police Department said Mavis Christian Jr., 52, was a “known relative” to the victims and described the horrifying rampage at three different homes as a domestic violence situation.

Police were dispatched to the first location at Field Lark Drive, where they found the teen and another victim dead at the scene just after 5:40 p.m.

A 15-year-old female was rushed to Regional One Health in critical condition.

An hour later at 6:40 p.m., the third victim was found and pronounced dead at 5050 Warrington Road, located roughly 13 miles away from the first shooting.

Nearly three hours later, a third shooting was reported and a fourth female was pronounced dead with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police found Christian Jr. dead inside a white Chevrolet Malibu early Sunday.

“As a father, it breaks my heart,” MPD Public Information Officer Christopher Williams said outside the first shooting scene. “These were somebody’s kids, sisters, aunts. These were people, real people. We have to do better. We must do better.

“As a community, it takes all of us. Not just the police, not just the community, but we have to work together to stop senseless acts of violence. We’re tired of it. The community’s tired of it.

According to police, Christian Jr. is a “known relative,” but an exact relation between him and the victims, a motive, or the victims’ identification have yet to be released.

This is a developing story

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