Metro detectives have charged two young relatives in an apparent gang-related shooting that injured a 17-year-old innocent bystander Tuesday afternoon.
Youth Services detectives from Metro police charged Deondrae Northcutt, 18, and his half-brother Teddarrius Perry, 19, with aggravated assault. Northcutt is also charged with felony reckless endangerment.
Officers responding to the scene also took Marquise Northcutt, 20, into custody with his brother and half brother, and interviewed him. Police later decided, however, not to charge Marquise in the incident despite what was first reported.
Police said Deondrae Northcutt told them in an interview that he and his brothers went to Pearl-Cohn High School to meet up with friends when they saw 18-year-old Radarious Clay, whom they considered a member of a rival gang.
About 2:10 p.m., just as students boarded buses on Eden Street outside of Pearl-Cohn, a fight broke out between the brothers and Clay. According to police, Deondrae Northcutt admitted to shooting at Clay as he ran toward the bus and as the three brothers ran away from the scene.
None of the three brothers is a Pearl-Cohn student.
The bullet instead hit a 17-year-old girl in the right arm while she was on the bus. She was later treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said officers responding to the scene took both Northcutts into custody behind Jefferson Street and caught Perry soon after on Alameda.
According to Mumford, Perry had a handgun when he was arrested, and witnesses reported seeing Deondre Northcutt allegedly tossing another handgun in a nearby dumpster.
Late Tuesday afternoon, police took two more individuals into custody and interviewed them, but eventually release them without charges.
Olivia Brown, a Metro Nashville Public Schools spokeswoman, said Tuesday afternoon that eight other students were on the bus at the time of the incident. But she made clear that the shooting technically did not occur on school property or during school hours, as the school had already dismissed for the day and therefore wasn’t placed on lockdown.
“Obviously … these events are very disturbing.” Brown said. “[Wednesday] we will have counselors available here at the school for any student feels as though he or she may need to use their services.”