Highway 365 shooter turns gun on himself - CBS46 News

Highway 365 shooter turns gun on himself

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(Source: WGCL) (Source: WGCL)

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said the person randomly shooting at drivers on Highway 365 was 26-year-old Rex Harbour of Snellville.

"Possibly he thought this was an isolated area that he could come up and shoot at people and get away with it," Couch said.

Just before noon on Friday, Couch said Harbour began to open fire.

At least seven cars were struck and two people were shot.

Deputies immediately responded, setting up a perimeter. 

"At 11:59 a.m. Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputies observed a 2003 Buick Century pulling out of a wooded area near Triple Gap Road..'

He said Harbour was behind the wheel.

Deputies tried to pull him over but he wouldn't stop. After a short 40*second chase, Couch says Harbour shot himself in the head with a nine millimeter pistol and died on the way to the hospital.

Deputies searched his car where they found even more weapons.

"The car contents has three nine millimeter handguns, a 22 caliber sears multi-action rifle, a 12-gauge Springfield shotgun, a BB gun and a lot of ammunition."

Deputies also searched the Snellville home Harbour shared with his parents and found disturbing handwritten notes.

"He indicated that he idolized the mass shooter in the Parkland and Florida shooting here recently.'

Deputies found 17 shell casings from Harbour's nine millimeter just off of Highway 365.

Crime scene investigators also found a trail camera in the woods possibly set up by a hunter.

'When the trail camera was examined, it showed photographs of Rex Harbour as he was walking toward the area where he took a position to fire at the passing motorists," Couch explained. 

Deputies don't believe Harbour was targeting anyone specific.

A72-year-old man was shot in the hip and a 54-year-old man was shot in the leg. Both men were transported and expected to be okay.

Couch said a background check did not reveal any criminal activity or violent behavior.

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