NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man recorded on a friend’s cellphone resisting Metro police on Jan. 10 in east Nashville is now wanted on three counts of attempted murder and one count of reckless endangerment.
According to authorities, Tondrique Fitzgerald was with Robert Merrell and Javahres Charleston on Sept. 21 when they drove to the Cumberland View public housing developments and got into an argument with a group of people in the parking lot.
The three men then pulled guns and began firing on the other group.
Charleston, 18, was shot and killed by one of his friends in the gunfire. No one in the other group was injured.
News 2 interviewed Charleston’s mother on Jan. 5. Lakeshia Sullivan said she wakes up every day hoping it was all a bad dream, but the reality is she has joined a growing number of Nashville mothers who have lost a child to gun violence.
“I couldn’t protect him, but what I can do is get his name out there and let people know who my son was,” she said. “We shouldn’t have to worry about our kids leaving to go to a friend’s house and never coming back,” she said.
Tuesday Sullivan and Charleston’s father Jerry Charleston said they had a feeling one of his friends was involved in his murder, even if he was not their intended target.
“You came to my son’s funeral, you stood over his body, you were his pallbearer and all of these things,” Sullivan said. “You are seeing us hurting and all you had to do was just say something.”
Charleston’s father said if it hadn’t been his son someone else, possibly an innocent child, could have been hurt in the shooting.
“It could have been another innocent life,” he said. “It could have been a kid or the bullet could have gone through a window and killed a baby.”
Merrell, 19, was arrested Monday on three counts of attempted murder and one count of reckless endangerment. His bond was set at $550,000.
Fitzgerald, 18, remains at large but has been posting on his Facebook page.
He wrote that his family wants him to turn himself in, but he isn’t ready to do it.
He told News 2 via Facebook Messenger that he plans to turn himself into police on Saturday.
“Everybody is losing in this situation to be honest,” Sullivan said. “Their parents are losing a son, not like we lost, but they are losing.”
Anyone with information on Fitzgerald’s whereabouts is urged to call Metro police or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
Fitzgerald’s January arrest on a probation violation circulated social media after his friends posted it on Facebook.