NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police have identified a person wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old man whose body was dumped along the side of Interstate 24 in South Nashville Monday morning.
Officers said they responded after 8:30 a.m. to reports of a shooting along I-24 westbound at Harding Place.
The body of Tony Williams, Jr., 36, was then discovered along the interstate about an exit away at Briley Parkway, according to investigators.
Police said they learned a man driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, which was registered to 31-year-old Eddie Fitzgerald Newsom, had stopped on the shoulder of I-24 west under the Harding Place bridge and climbed up the angled concrete to where homeless individuals had been sleeping.
The man inquired about purchasing heroin, and Williams, who was there, left for a short time to accommodate the request, according to investigators.
When Williams returned, a witness told detectives the man from the Jeep shot him.
Despite being shot, police said Williams made it to the Jeep and got inside, as the man who was initially driving returned to the vehicle, as well.
The Jeep traveled a short distance on I-24 west to the Briley Parkway exit, where investigators said the driver dumped Williams’ body onto the grassy shoulder of the interstate.
The Jeep then exited the interstate onto Briley Parkway and traveled to the Murfreesboro Pike intersection, where police said it become disabled with a flat tire.
The driver abandoned the Jeep and fled, according to detectives.
Anyone with information on Newsom’s whereabouts is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.