Incident Summary:

05/04/2018: An assailant opened fire on vehicles near the intersection of Tribble Gap road and Cornelia Highway along Georgia 365 Highway outside Alto, Georgia, United States. At least three people were injured in the assault. Rex Whitmire Harbour was identified as the assailant and committed suicide before police could apprehend him. Authorities noted that Harbour idolized Nikolas Cruz and left a "hate-filled" note at his parents' residence. He also showed interest in German Nazis on Facebook.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Near Alto

Location Details:
The incident occurred near the intersection of Tribble Gap road and Cornelia Highway.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm handgun was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. While sources noted that the assailant admired Nikolas Cruz and German Nazis, it was unclear if these were factors that motivated him to carry out the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 3
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Sheriff: Highway sniper "idolized" school shooting suspect," The Associated Press, May 5, 2018.
"Georgia sniper appeared fascinated with Nazis," Southern Poverty Law Center, May 7, 2018.
"UPDATE: Man who opened fire on Ga. 365 had no known ties to Hall County, idolized Parkland shooter," Access WDUN (Georgia), May 5, 2018.