Family car struck during north Nashville gun fight

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN) –  A North Nashville family wants the public to help catch the people involved in a gun fight that broke out in the 3200 block of Hinkle Street, Friday afternoon.

Neighbors said two cars were driving down the street and firing at each other. It happened while people were outside with their children.

LaKeshia Sullivan had just walked her 5-year-old daughter home from the school bus.

“We heard a noise like maybe kids kicking up rocks, it didn’t sound like gun fire,” she said. “About 30 minutes after I heard the noise we came outside and saw this hole that is in my truck.”

The large bullet hole is just above the bottom of the passenger side door. The bullet went through the door and is still lodged in the floor board of the SUV.

The car was parked in the driveway and was a barrier to Sullivan’s home.

“It is very scary because I started thinking about all the ‘what ifs’,” she said. “Any other day we would have been outside.”

She continued, ”had me or one of my children been sitting in the passenger seat the bullet went through the truck. We would have got hit.”

Police responded to a call of shots fired, but no suspect information was available at news time.

Sullivan is also the mother of Javahres Charleston, 18.

Charleston was killed September 21, 2014 during a shooting in North Nashville.

(Photo: WKRN)
LaKeshia Sullivan (Photo: WKRN)

Two friends of his with him were eventually arrested for 3 counts of attempted criminal homicide in connection with shots they fired at a group of teens they had an altercation with in the neighborhood.

Police told News 2 their gun fire killed Charleston.

Tondrique Fitzgerald and Robert Merrell, both 18 at the time, were never charged with his murder.  Both were convicted of one charge of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury – reckless.

According to Sullivan, both men are already out of jail following their conviction. News 2 checked with TDOC and the Davidson County Sheriff’s office and neither man is in their custody.

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