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Shooting suspect surrenders to deputies

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(WMC-TV) – An intense manhunt is over after a man accused of shooting a woman and three children in Nashville winds up in Memphis. Earnest Woodley turned himself into the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Early Sunday morning, Moore, who is also known as Earnest Woodley, turned himself in at 201 Poplar.

 A few hours later, he called his father from jail and it was a relief for everyone involved.

All was quiet Sunday night, in the 900 block of North 7th Street, the apartment of Earnest Moore's father and last known address for Moore.

His father didn't want to go on camera, but tells Action News 5 he got a call from his son from jail Sunday morning.

He'd turned himself in after nearly two days on the loose; accused of shooting his girlfriend Nicole Luke and her three children in Nashville on Friday.

By Sunday, word spread to Nashville, where H. L. Edwards spoke with reporters about Moore's decision to turn himself in.

Edwards said, "Earnest was good to us, we loved on him. He just made a really bad decision."

H. L. Edwards is the pastor of victim, Nicole Luke, shot on Friday. He spoke with her in the hospital, she was surprised he surrendered and hopeful justice will be served.

"Her biggest concern is her kids. She wants to make sure that everything is well with them," Edwards said.

This isn't the first run-in with the law for Moore, who also goes by Earnest Woodley.

Action News 5 found a long list of charges in Shelby County, including first degree murder at just 15 years old. He was sent to prison for 18 years for the shooting death of an elderly man in his home.

Court records also show that in 2008, he was arrested for attempted second degree murder; those charges were dropped.

 Still his father says he's happy to hear his son turned himself in and grateful it didn't end in a stand-off or shoot out.

In the meantime, Luke continues to recover. Her pastor said, "She is in a lot of pain, but the great thing is she has a lot of faith in God."

Moore's father says he plans to visit him on Monday. However, Shelby County Sheriff's Spokesperson Chip Washington says that Monday morning Moore will be extradited to Nashville, where law enforcement officials will take over the investigation.

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