Earnest Moore remains jailed on a $5 million bond for shooting Nicole Luke and her children.
Victim Nicole Luke testified Moore fired shots after she asked him what time they were leaving for Memphis.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A woman who police said was shot by her now ex-boyfriend testified through a wired jaw that he shot her after she asked him what time they would leave for Memphis.
Nicole Luke, Earnest Moore and her five children stopped at a relative of Moore's to say goodbye before moving to Memphis on June 13.
Metro police said Moore opened fire in the Madison apartment following a disagreement with Luke.
On Friday Luke said the shooting followed a simple question.
"I needed to get there before the office for the house we were renting closed at five and it was probably around 1:30 when we got to [Madison]," she said. "I asked him what time we would be leaving because we had to meet the landlord. He said 2:45."
Luke said Moore then told her he needed to call his brother.
"Then he said he was going to make a phone call to his brother so we could get this straight," she said. "He was going to the door then he reached in his right pocket and I thought he was going to pull his phone out because that is what he said he was going to do."
She continued, "He pulled a gun out, pointed it at me and he shot me."
One bullet struck Luke in her jaw and another grazed her chest.
Police said Moore then shot one of Luke's 14-year-old twin daughters in the chest.
Luke's seven-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter she shares with Moore were uninjured in the shooting.
"The three-year-old and the seven-year-old were screaming and crying," she said. I was trying to get them calmed down."
Moore then left the apartment, but he was not done shooting according to witnesses.
"I thought Mr. Moore was gone, but he wasn't gone," she said. "When I came outside he was shooting inside the car at my other children."
Luke's other 14-year-old daughter was shot in the leg and her 15-year-old daughter was shot in the liver and spine.
Luke's 15-year-old daughter is now paralyzed from her chest down.
Moore fled the scene and remained on the run for three days.
He turned himself into Memphis authorities June 16.
Moore is jailed on $5 million bond.
Moore's defense attorney asked Luke if Moore appeared to be having a mental episode during the attack.
Prosecutors objected and said they ordered a mental evaluation that showed Moore was sane when he shot Luke and her children.
Moore, who at one time had the last name Woodley, has multiple arrests in Davidson and Shelby counties including driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest, handgun possession, criminal trespass and misuse of vehicle registration charges.
He also has multiple felony convictions in for offenses including aggravated assault, cocaine possession and second degree murder at the age of 15.
He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder.