Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Saturday charged a Charlotte man with the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Malik Teasdell in August as he filled his car with gas at a LaSalle Street station.
Elijah Sinclair Parker, 20, was already in the Mecklenburg County Jail on unrelated charges when DNA evidence collected at the station led police to him. Earlier, he’d been charged with assaulting a female, resisting a public officer and marijuana possession.
After conducting a voluntary interview with Parker, detectives arrested and charged him with murdering Teasdell. He continued to be held in the Mecklenburg jail Saturday.
The shooting took place Aug. 24 in the 1300 block of LaSalle Street north of uptown. Police found Teasdell suffering from a gunshot wound at the Quick’n E-Z Marathon gas station.
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Medic responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
Teasdell was in the first graduating at Mallard Creek High in 2009, his obituary said. He had participated in the Morehouse College Upward Bound Math Science Program in Atlanta, and briefly attended N.C. A and T in Greensboro on a scholarship.
He developed a passion for barbering at a young age and graduated from Just For You Barber School in Charlotte and was a barber at Kut Masters when he died.
Teasdell received probation in 2011 after being found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon, court records show.