Cops: Ga. Sniper Thought Parkland Shooter Was a 'Hero'

Gunman Rex Harbour reportedly died from self-inflicted gunshot wound; 3 injured in shooting spree
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2018 8:33 AM CDT
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Scary stuff along a Georgia highway.   (Getty Images/Filipovic018)

(Newser) – Just before noon on Friday, the first of several 911 calls came in about cars being hit by gunfire along Georgia's Highway 365. By the time the chaos ended, seven cars had been shot, three people were injured, and the 26-year-old sniper suspect was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Washington Post reports. Among the wounded, per WSBTV: Harvey Kerby, who says the bullet that zipped through his car door then into him didn't cause as much damage as it could have because of his metal hip implant. "If he would have shot a foot higher, it may have killed me," Kerby says. The gunman, per Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch: landscaper Rex Whitmire Harbour, the AP reports. Police say Harbour fired at least 17 times at vehicles on the highway, and Couch says Harbour shot himself in the head as a deputy was pursuing him after spotting his car pull out of a wooded area.

Couch says investigators unearthed three handguns, a BB gun, and a 12-gauge shotgun inside Harbour's car, as well as more than 3,400 rounds of ammunition. A subsequent search of Harbour's home turned up "hate-filled" notes believed to be written by Harbour in which he said he admired Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, calling him a "hero" who gave Harbour "courage and confidence." One other man was hit by gunfire during Harbour's shooting spree, while a woman was injured by broken windshield glass, per USA Today; neither is said to be suffering from life-threatening injuries. Although Kerby isn't sure how his injury will heal, he's mainly just feeling grateful. "I hope that I don't have a limp [the] rest of my life, but if I do, hey, I'm alive," he tells WSBTV. (A German sniper suspect was accused of shooting at more than 700 vehicles.)

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