NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - With his alleged victim recuperating from gunshot wounds, a New Orleans cab driver made a first appearance in court Tuesday after a bizarre shooting in the French Quarter.
The NOPD chief says it was a clear case of road rage.
Jeremiah Knox faces charges of aggravated battery, illegal use of a weapon and criminal damage in the Sunday morning shooting of a female driver on Decatur Street..
"It's very unfortunate, it's a case of road rage," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.
Knox sat with his head down in Magistrate Court and told Judge Harry Cantrell that he made $3,000 a month as a Yellow Cab driver. The judge said that was too much income to qualify for a free public defender. The hearing went forward with Cantrell setting bond at $300,000.
"We have information that he fired the weapon, and the victim's recovering," Harrison said.
The victim sustained non-life-threatening wounds and was able to flag down State Police after the shooting.
A police report obtained by FOX 8 says that Knox shot the victim after he pulled up alongside of her in the 600 block of Decatur and asked her, "Who are you?"
The report says the victim asked Knox to repeat himself, at which time Knox allegedly said, "Seem like I need to knock you off." The report says Knox, then raised a silver handgun and began firing at the victim's vehicle before speeding away.
"We were able to locate the cab through a witness, and then with good police work we located the cab driver," Harrison said.
A witness gave police Knox's cab number, and they went to Yellow cab headquarters, and were able to identify him. He was arrested Monday and police recovered a .40-caliber handgun, which Knox was allegedly carrying in his waist band. Investigators then matched the gun to casings found at the scene of the shooting.
"This is unacceptable for anybody," Harrison said. "Road rage is dangerous. Citizens should be careful and not engage in it."
For his part, Knox told police that he fired the shots because he thought the victim was reaching for a weapon.
Knox had one previous arrest. In September 2012 he was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, but the DA refused the charge a month later.