Knoxville police still searching for suspect in pregnant teen’s death

Marcia Crider (Source: Facebook)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Investigators are searching for a Knoxville man they say shot and killed a pregnant teenager while she sat in the car with her mother.

22-year-old Brandon Scott Donaldson is wanted for the murder of 19-year-old Marcia Crider, who was shot Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened in front of a home in the 3900 block of Porter Avenue.

Crider’s mother then drove them to a nearby store and called 911, but Crider later died from her injuries.

Donaldson faces second degree murder charges in Crider’s death and attempted second degree murder charges for shooting at her mother.

Thursday, KPD officers almost caught up with Donaldson on a street near the scene of the shooting, but he managed to get away on foot.

“We had multiple officers and investigators go to that area and try to contain him there. We were unable to find him. It’s possible he tried to hide out in someone’s residence,” said Darrell Debusk of the Knoxville Police Department.

KPD is still searching for him and consider him armed and dangerous.

“You never know if he’s confronted, and he feels threatened, that he may shoot again,” said Debusk.

Donaldson has a criminal history.

In Knox County, he was charged with one count of theft and four different drug charges.

Police are pleading that anyone who knows where he could be hiding out to come forward.

“We know that there’s some people out there that knows his whereabouts and knows where he’s at. They need to do the right thing for the family and for the community and come forward so we can take him into custody before anyone else is injured,” said Debusk.

Bond on the charges has been set at $750,000.

Friends of Crider’s tell 6 News that she and Donaldson were dating, but that he was not the father of her unborn child.

The Knox County District Attorney’s office says Donaldson can be charged with the death of Crider’s unborn child.

A new Tennessee law states than any unborn child, including an embryo or a fetus at any stage of gestation, can be considered a victim.

The DA’s office says it will pursue charges in-line with that law, possibly turning this case into a double murder.

Those who knew Crider say they can’t believe she’s dead.

She’d lived in foster care for a while.

Her foster brother Jonathan Gwinn says he’s in shock.

“It was like everything just stopped. I was just like, I don’t understand,” said Gwinn of Sevierville.

They met four years ago when they lived in the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home together, and in a private foster home after that.

He says they quickly became best friends.

“We were pretty much closer than blood could make us,” said Gwinn.

He last spoke to her less than one month ago, and said she’d just started to make plans for her future.

“She was talking about how she really wanted to just really start doing everything right and change her life. Start to live better. She wanted to go to school and be a nurse. She just seemed like she was really starting to grow up,” said Gwinn.

Now the girl he still calls his sister is gone.

That’s something he can’t believe.

“What you get in 10 years, we got in such a short time, relationship wise. It’s hard to believe that she’s gone. It’s hard to accept the fact that she’s gone,” said Gwinn..

If you have any information about the shooting, you’re asked to call Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7212.

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