A 26-year-old aspiring rapper from Tennessee is facing attempted murder charges after she shot a homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche after becoming “disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music” emanating from the vehicle.
The August 26 incident saw Katie Layne Quackenbush open fire on 54-year-old Gerald Melton, who remains hospitalized at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries, the Tennessean reported. She was booked into jail on a $25,000 bond.
According to Metro police detectives, Melton was “trying to sleep on the sidewalk” near Nashville’s Music Row at around 3:00 am when he was awoken by “exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV.” When Melton asked Quackenbush to move the vehicle, the two began yelling at each other.
Police claim that Melton went back to where he was sleeping, but Quackenbush grabbed a firearm and followed him to continue the argument. At some point during their spat, she allegedly fired two shots at Melton that hit him in abdomen before hopping back into her Porsche and fleeing the scene.
The suspect’s father, Jesse Quackenbush, has an entirely different version of events.
“She didn’t try and kill this guy,” he said on Monday night, hours after her arrest. “She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him.”
He claims that his daughter – a single mother to a 5-year-old – and her friend were being harassed by Melton, who threatened to kill them and made explicit sexual remarks.
“He comes up to their window and starts screaming in their window various threats, and something about turning their music down and that he couldn’t sleep,” the elder Quackenbush said.
Once Melton had gone away, Katie Quackenbush got out of her car to escort her friend to her vehicle, arming herself with her gun just in case. When Melton began to approach the pair once again, she fired two “warning shots” before running away.
According to Jesse Quackenbush, his daughter was wrongfully charged. “She’s never done anything like this in her life. She had an eyewitness in the front seat.”
The suspect will appear in court on October 6. Watch one of her music videos below: