Monday 20 November 2017

Mother shoots homeless man after he asks her to move noisy Porsche SUV

Katie Layne Quackenbush. Picture: Police
Katie Layne Quackenbush. Picture: Police
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A woman has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly shot a homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche SUV.

Katie Layne Quackenbush (26), from Tennessee is accused of shooting 54-year-old Gerald Melton, who remains hospitalised at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries.

According to the Tennessean Mr Melton was "trying to sleep on the sidewalk" near Music Row in Nashville at around 3am when he “became disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV".

Police say that the homeless man asked Ms Quackenbush to move the vehicle and there was a robust exchange.

Mr Melton reportedly walked back to where he had been trying to sleep. According to police Ms Quackenbush got out of her vehicle with a gun and the argument continued.

Ms Quackenbush, a single mother, allegedly fired two shots at Mr Melton who was wounded in the abdomen.

The homeless man told police that the alleged shooter got back into her car and left the scene.

The woman's father Jesse Quakenbush told the newspaper that his daughter and her firend were being accosted by bthe homeless man when she opened fire.

“She didn’t try and kill this guy,” he said. “She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him.”

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