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Marc Cohn and His Mighty Temple: singer shrugs off gunshot wound to the head

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“And he said – Tell me are you a Christian boy?
And I said ‘Ma’am, I am tonight'”
(Marc Cohn, “Walking In Memphis”)

Smoky-voiced singer-songwriter-pianist Marc Cohn, 46, best known for his 1991 smash “Walking In Memphis,” semi-miraculously escaped serious injury when he was shot in the head Sunday night in an attempted car-jacking of his touring van after a sold-out concert at Denver’s botanical gardens.

The alleged attacker, Joseph W Yacteen, 26, was fleeing from the police on foot after trying to pay a hotel bill with a stolen credit card. Cohn’s tour manager Thomas Dube, who was driving the van, tried to evade the attacker but the man fired a shot into the van’s windshield, grazing Dube and hitting Cohn in the temple. Both were treated and later released from Denver’s Health Medical Center.

Cohn did cancel the remaining five stops on his tour with Suzanne Vega, being that he was just shot in the head and everything.

Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson said, “Frankly, I can’t tell you how he survived. The bullet hit Mr. Cohn flush in the temple. He’s very lucky it wasn’t a fatal shot,” adding that the bullet appeared to have been slowed by hitting the windshield and Mr Dube first.

Now that’s a REAL tour manager: “slowing” a bullet for you with his head.

Cohn won the Grammy for best new artist of ’91, and is married to ABC news reporter Elizabeth Vargas. They have a 2 year-old son.

Police arrested Yacteen later outside a vacant house where he had sequestered himself for hours, negotiating with police. He was finally forced out of the house by tear gas, pointed a gun at officers and was shot with a non-lethal rubber ball.

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.
  • ouch. that’s gotta smart a little.

  • On behalf of the Denver community, I apologize totally and completely. This sucks, and is not what Denver is about. I can’t possibly see how the bullet went through at least two guys and a windshield and everyone is fine. I can’t possibly see how anyone could take a bullet to the temple (the soft part… on my head at least) and survive.

    Mr Cohn, we are thrilled and thankful you are ok. Also, we caught the little shit that did this to you. Thank you for coming to Denver, and please give us another chance sometime later on.

    take care,

    Denver, CO

  • btw, Eric – this comment was f’n brilliant:

    Now that’s a REAL tour manager: “slowing” a bullet for you with his head.

  • Eric Olsen

    Mark, doubtless!

    Lono, thanks, the Cohns dig your vibe

  • That’s amazing. Almost unbelievable. Wow.

  • Eric Olsen

    Fiddy-cent has nothing on this boy

  • Well, eight more shots — but all to soft and squishy parts of the body; Not the freaking head!

  • Eric Olsen

    he’s Rasputin!

  • Higher power involved, perhaps? I imagine the deity might have thought ABC News anchors have gone through enough this week. Thank goodness Cohn and his tour manager survived this horrible thing.

  • Taloran

    According to the Denver Rocky Mt. News:

    “…Yacteen was wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and a slew of other charges….

    According to police reports, the crimes unfolded like this:

    At 10:30 p.m. Sunday, two RTD security officers discovered a car parked on the light-rail tracks near the Magnolia Hotel at 818 17th St.

    When they asked hotel workers about the car, they said it belonged to a guest who had just tried to pay his bill with a stolen credit card.

    The man then showed up and gave the RTD officers the car keys. But when he heard that hotel workers had called Denver police, he ran down Stout Street toward the 16th Street Mall.

    The security officers jumped aboard a southbound light-rail train and spotted him near 14th and Stout streets.

    But then he ran toward Champa and 15th streets and went into the Tarantulas nightclub.

    A few minutes later, a bouncer brought the suspect out.

    The security officers told him police were on the way and to stay put, but he pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the security officers and shouted, “I’m not going back to jail.”

    When the security guards drew their weapons, the gunman ran to an alley between Stout and Champa, where he stopped a woman and her boyfriend standing beside a Chevrolet Impala and demanded the keys.

    The suspect aimed the gun at the woman, and when the boyfriend said they didn’t have the keys, he chased the boyfriend to Stout Street.

    About this time, Cohn and his band members were driving back to the Hotel Monaco. The gunman ran up to their van and opened fire when the door wouldn’t open.

    Soon after, an RTD officer again confronted the gunman, telling him to drop his weapon. He ran back toward the Convention Center, where he forced four men from a Subaru Forester and then sped away on 14th Street toward Colfax Avenue.

    Yacteen’s criminal record shows about a dozen arrests on charges ranging from distributing date-rape drugs to theft and burglary, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.”

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Tal, some serious drama as well as farce in this episode

  • Wow, what a seriously bad dude.

  • Gary Davis

    Well, I see Denverites still enjoy their second amendment rights to the fullest.

  • Eric Olsen

    you mean the right to bare arms? Heck yeah: short sleeves, sometimes even tank tops!

  • Damn, Eric! Just when I when I thought all those testosterone-charged action films were bollocks you have to post something like this. I guess it is possible to get all shot up and still save the day.
    Then again, he did have to postpone a few of his concerts…

    In all seriousness, I am glad the man is still alive.

  • Eric Olsen

    the world is a crazy place where the very unlikely happens regularly

  • BS

    Free Yacteen