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GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A Man Accused Shooting at passing vehicles with a selection of weapons wrote that he idolized the suspect in the murder of 17 people at a high school in Florida , Authorities, said on Saturday. The sniper, Rex Whitmire Harbor, 26, was identified on Saturday afternoon during a press conference with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, following the frightening shootout Friday afternoon that injured two people and left at least seven vehicles with bullet holes, killing Harbor.
On Friday afternoon, Harbor was on the side of Georgia 365, right in front of Atlanta. Hiding in the wooded area made him harder to see, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said.
He had an arsenal of at least five guns and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, Couch said.
The harbor opened fire on passing vehicles that headed north and hit at least seven. Two people – a 72-year-old man and a 54-year-old man – were shot. Another woman was injured by broken glass after a bullet hit her windshield.
The two men were hospitalized after a stroke in the hip and leg with non-life-threatening injuries.
Both called 911 at noon to report the shooting. At this time, according to Couch, the authorities saw a suspicious vehicle loosening along the highway from the tree line.
Troopers followed the vehicle and tried to make a traffic stop, but Harbor did not slow down, Couch said.
After a short chase his vehicle came to a stop in the median strip of the motorway.
MPs and soldiers approached the stopped vehicle and found Haven with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on their heads. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
The authorities still have no motive, but searched his house for clues.
Couch said investigators seized electronics and found "disquieting" handwritten documents pointing out that Harbor "idolized" parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, who was killed in the Valentine's Day killings of 17 people at a Florida high school is charged.
"He called Nikolas Cruz a hero and that Cruz gave him courage and confidence," Couch said, adding, "It seemed [Harbour] aimed at all Americans. Why?" I do not know. "
Couch said these writings showed that Harbor had a common hatred for everyone. As a result, during his shootout on Friday, he did not target a particular ethnic group, but apparently shot anyone who crossed his path.
Harbor lived with his parents in Snellville.
Detectives, speaking with his parents, learned that he was a landscaper, but according to Couch, there was nothing in his employment history that specifically led him to Hall County or that particular section of highway.
An additional search for his background revealed that there was no arrest history or any kind of background of violence for Harbor.
Couch said he did not think the guns were stolen.
Michael King reports for WXIA TV in Atlanta; Christal Hayes reports for USA TODAY in McLean, Virginia.
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