Shooting suspect surrenders after search goes viral

Tondrique Fitzgerald

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man wanted following a shooting last September that claimed the life of his friend was arrested early Wednesday morning.

Tondrique Fitzgerald, 18, turned himself in to police after warrants were issued in connection to the shooting death of Javahres Charleston.

Javahres Charleston
Javahres Charleston, 18, was shot and killed on Sept. 21, 2014.

Metro police said Fitzgerald was with Charleston and co-defendant Robert Merrell 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 allegedly pulled out guns and opened fire on the group.

Charleston, 18, was shot and killed. No one in the other group was injured.

Merrell, 19, was arrested on Monday but Fitzgerald eluded authorities all while staying active on social media.

He wrote on his Facebook page on Monday that his family wanted him to turn himself in, but that he wasn’t ready to do it. He told News 2 via Facebook Messenger that he planned to surrender on Saturday.

Both Fitzgerald and Merrell face three counts each of attempted homicide and one count of reckless endangerment. They are being held on $550,000 bonds.

Fitzgerald is scheduled to be in court on Feb. 12.

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