Mavis Christian Jr., accused of shooting five women and killing four, was found dead overnight after a manhunt.
Memphis Police found Christian in a Chevy Malibu on Alta Road at 3:31 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Christian, 52, was wanted for shooting a 13-year-old girl and three people Saturday night. Police claim a 15-year-old girl was critically injured.
Mavis Christian Jr. is dangerously armed. courtesy MPD
He was last seen Saturday night driving a white 2017 Chevy Malibu with the Tennessee tag #390-BHTM and is armed and dangerous, police said.
After a shooting on Field Lark Drive in Southwest Memphis at 5:43 p.m., police found a teenage girl and a lady deceased. The hospital received another critically ill teen girl.
.Southwest Memphis ‘domestic’ shooting kills 2, injures 1 A woman was shot and killed on Warrington Road near Clearbrook Street in Southeast Memphis about 6:40 p.m. Police stated the victim died on the spot but provided no more details.
Woman shot dead in Southeast Memphis
Police found a fifth shooting victim around 9:22 p.m. Whitehaven’s 100 block of Howard Drive had a deceased woman.
While investigating, MPD found that the scene and two of hers were related and involved Christian. They said Christian is a victim’s relative.
State, federal, and local agencies were searching for the suspect. A neighbor said Christian’s niece, Lateisha Bobo, and her daughters, the teen girls, were killed on Field Lark Drive.
Neighbors say the victims avoided the southwest Memphis home recently. “They weren’t even living there because of him,” stated a neighbor.
Family members said 13-year-old Tori Christian was shot in the head in a war. While comforting her longtime neighbor, the woman hurried over and called for aid.
I urged, ‘Don’t leave, stay here.’ I stood up when I heard my grandbaby yell for her buddy, and she was in the car holding her, she added. The child who died was 13. That was my granddaughter’s BFF. The van carried her. I learned my 15-year-old older sister ran.”
Neighbours said the 15-year-old girl was shot in the leg, “running for her life,” shouting, “he’s trying to kill me.” After escaping the shooter, she was sent to a local hospital in critical condition.
Although MPD has not identified the lady killed on Howard Drive, documents show that in 2018, they responded to a domestic violence complaint involving Christian’s ex-wife.
The family recognized Ruby Manuel, Mavis Christian’s sister, as the Warrington Road victim.
The shooter’s father, Mavis Christian Sr., says his son was estranged from the family after his release from prison several years ago.
Memphis Police published this statement after Christian’s death: