Bail for a Yellow Cab driver accused of shooting a woman in the French Quarter several times Sunday in a case of apparent road rage was set at $300,000 on Tuesday.
Police said Jeremiah Knox let loose several shots at the victim in the 600 block of Decatur Street about 5 a.m. Sunday. The woman was able to follow the taxi for several blocks to Bienville Street, where she flagged down state troopers and then was taken to Interim LSU Hospital for treatment.
The woman told police that she was driving on Decatur when a cab pulled up alongside her and the driver motioned for her to roll down her window, according to an arrest warrant.
The driver asked the woman, “Who are you?”
Confused, the woman asked the man to repeat himself because she could not understand what he was saying, she said. The cabbie allegedly reacted angrily.
Police said he told her, “Seem like I need to knock you off!” then raised a silver and black handgun and started shooting.
Although the suspect eluded police at first by speeding away from the scene, someone spotted the Yellow Cab’s number — 1493. A company employee told police that Knox would have been driving that cab at the time.
Police learned he was scheduled to take his cab in for inspection in New Orleans East at 1:30 p.m. Monday. When Detective Alisha Henderson confronted Knox at the inspection station, he turned over a .40-caliber handgun, consistent with casings found in the Quarter, police said.
Inside the 7th District station, police said, Knox confessed that he shot at the woman three times. But he claimed he did so only because the woman reached for her center console after the two argued.
Knox was then taken to Central Lockup and booked on counts of aggravated battery by shooting, illegal discharge of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property.
Police also recovered in-car footage showing the cab fleeing the scene, according to the arrest warrant.
Yellow Cab spokesman Lenny Feller declined to comment on whether Knox was still employed by the company.
Court records show that Knox was booked for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in September 2012, but the charge was refused by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office a month later.
“Unfortunately, I can’t comment on the matter,” Feller said. “The cab drivers, they’re not exactly employees, they are — they’re independent operators, and they pay us rent for the cabs. So they don’t receive a salary from us.”