Cops: Woman shoots homeless man for asking her to move her Porsche
A 26-year-old Nashville woman was charged with attempted murder in a shooting that took place near Music Row back in August. Katie Quackenbush is accused of shooting 54-year-old homeless man Gerald Melton after he asked her to move her Porsche SUV on account of the loud music she was playing and the exhaust fumes. That combination emanating from Quackenbush’s parked vehicle disturbed Melton while he was trying to sleep on the sidewalk.
According to WSMV, the two started arguing when Melton asked Quackenbush to move her SUV. Police said that Melton returned to where he was sleeping and Quackenbush got out of her vehicle with a gun and fired two shots at the homeless man. Quackenbush then allegedly fled the scene.
Melton was hospitalized in critical condition after sustaining injuries to his abdomen.
Jesse Quackenbush, the accused’s father who also happens to be an Texas attorney, said that his daughter acted in self-defense.
“She didn’t try and kill this guy,” Jesse Quackenbush told the Tennessean. “She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him.”
He said that his daughter was driving a friend back to her car when they happened upon Melton harassing other women and then started with Quackenbush and her friend. “He comes up to their window and starts screaming in their window various threats,” Jesse said, “and something about turning their music down and that he couldn’t sleep.”
Jesse went on to claim that his daughter “closed her eyes” while firing “warning shots” and “thought she pointed away” from Melton.
Yeah, that’s the trouble with closing your eyes while shooting a gun.
Quackenbush, the mother to a five-year-old son, is set to appear in court on October 6 and is being held on a $25,000 bond.
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