A Shot To The Head
Marc Cohn, who had a hit with the song “Walking in Memphis” and won the Grammy for best new artist in 1992, was struck in the temple Sunday night when a man fired into his band’s van in a parking garage. A suspect was being sought.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the bullet appeared to have been slowed by the van’s windshield and by striking the vehicle’s driver first.
“Frankly, I can’t tell you how he survived,” Jackson said.
Cohn was alert and talking when emergency workers took him to the hospital from the concert site at Botanic Gardens. The bullet grazed Cohn’s driver and tour manager Thomas Dube, who also was treated and released.
No arrests were made, but police identified a suspect. Joseph W. Yacteen, 26, allegedly tried to stop Cohn’s van in the parking garage after allegedly fleeing a downtown hotel Sunday night, where he had tried to pay his bill with a stolen credit card.
Police said Yacteen fired one bullet into the van after Dube, who saw that he had a gun, sped up and swerved trying to avoid Yacteen. The van was carrying four people at the time.
Yacteen also allegedly fired several shots while fleeing security guards and trying to take a car from a woman. He eventually disappeared in a stolen SUV.
Yacteen is being sought on attempted first-degree murder, robbery and other charges. Authorities said he missed a court date July 15 on a drug and weapons charge.