Singer Shoots Homeless Guitarist After Waking Him at 3am
Nashville: Evidently Partying in her White SUV at 3am, blasting loud music, and spewing fumes from her Porsche, Katie Quackenbush woke up a poor homeless man who was trying to sleep on the sidewalk. The 54 year old man, Gerald “Doug” Melton yelled at the woman in the Porsche to be quiet, which led to a shouting match, and then Quackenbush jumped out of her SUV and allegedly shot Melton twice. She then fled the scene, leaving Melton bleeding on the sidewalk. He is in critical condition in hospital. The Diva Quackenbush is in jail for attempted murder. Here’s the official press release from the City of Nashville about the incident, which is dated 9-11-2017.
Official Press Release
Woman Charged with Attempted Murder in Shooting of Homeless Man
September 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Midtown Hills Precinct detectives tonight charged Katie Quackenbush, 26, with attempted murder for the August 26th shooting of a homeless man outside 901 19th Avenue South near Music Row.
The victim, Gerald Melton, 54, was critically wounded and remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The investigation, which is being led by Detective Anthony Chandler, shows that Melton was trying to sleep on the sidewalk at 3 a.m. when he became disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV. Melton said he asked the driver of the Porsche, alleged to have been Quackenbush, to move the vehicle. An argument ensued, with both parties yelling at each other. Melton said he walked back to where he was attempting to sleep. Quackenbush is alleged to have gotten out of the Porsche armed and, as the argument continued, fired two shots at Melton. He suffered a critical abdominal wound. He said the shooter got back into the Porsche and fled.
Bond for Quackenbush, of 45th Avenue North, is set at $25,000.
The Clash of Rich and Poor in Nashville
What is interesting is that Crooner Quackenbush and her friend drove away and did not report the incident or call an ambulance for Melton, who she shot in the stomach. The incident took place at 3am on Saturday August 26, and it was not until Monday September 4th that an attorney for Quackenbush called the police to fess up to who it was that shot the homeless man. Maybe it took her a week to line up an attorney.
The homeless man can be seen in a youtube video, playing a love song on his guitar and singing. He evidently has been down on his luck in his musical career, and forced into homelessness and sleeping on cardboard on a famous Music Row street in Nashville, where he dreamed of making it as a singer.
Meanwhile, Quackenbush comes from a well-to-do family. Her father is a big attorney in Amarillo, Texas, and is giving interviews about his daughter’s innocence, painting her as a victim. Click here to read the story in the Washington Post..