A woman in Tennessee opened fire on a homeless man after he asked her to move her Porsche truck away from the street where he was sleeping.
Katie Layne Quackenbush was charged with attempted murder for the incident that occurred on Aug. 26, in which she shot 54-year-old Gerald Melton twice, according to the Tennessean.
The 26-year-old Nashville resident intended to fire off a pair of warning shots, he father claimed, after she received threats from the homeless man.
Melton sustained critical injuries as a result of the attack and remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Local law enforcement explained that Melton was sleeping on the sidewalk near Music Row when he “became disturbed by the exhaust fumes and loud music” that was coming from the idling Porsche owned by Quackenbush. An argument unfolded after Melton asked Quackenbush to move her vehicle, prompting the woman to get out of her vehicle with a gun and fire it, striking Melton twice.
She then returned to her vehicle and drove away, leaving Melton bleeding on the pavement.
Her father, Jesse Quackenbush, an attorney, told the Tennessean that his daughter wasn’t even aware that she’d struck the victim following the altercation.
“She didn’t try to kill this guy,” he claimed. “She had no intention of killing him, she didn’t even know that she hit him.”
“She did say she closed her eyes when she shot both times, but they were warnings, and she thought she pointed away from him,” her father said.
Quackenbush, a single mother of a 5-year-old son, is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6 and is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.
Steven E. Johnson is a Mississippi-based author who covers social injustice and political issues. You can contact him at stevejlive at gmail dot com
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