Shooting suspect suicide, Victim showing signs of hope

Early this Saturday morning in a press release the Jacksonville Police Department confirmed the identity of the suspect in the shooting.

Charles Henry Harper Jr., 58 years-old, who has been named as the person of interest and suspect in this Friday afternoon shooting that happened nearby the Aloha nail salon and Dunkin Donuts off of Western Boulevard in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Harper was found unresponsive from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his last known address of 915 Vernon Drive as a search warrant was executed. Harper and Montag had been in a previous romantic relationship, however, at the time of the shooting he was an ex-boyfriend.

This incident left one woman, Mary Susan “Susie” Montag, injured who is now in Greenville North Carolina fighting for her life from the physical damages from the gunshot wounds. Susie has her amazing children Anna and Stephen by her side. Susie is showing miraculous signs of hope this morning from public statements by her daughter Anna,

To say this last day has been mind-blowing would be an understatement. An update I’m holding dear to my heart, my mom responded to a verbal command! She is so strong. Keep praying. I appreciate everyone’s support of her and our family at this time. Please keep sending good vibes our way ❤️ #SusieStrong

Heidi Turner shared this morning in a public social media status that Susie had a good night last night moved her leg this morning, was able to squeeze the doctor’s hand in response to verbal commands, as well as reach up her left hand off the bed towards Heidi. Susie has had good vitals, blood pressure and coloring are all good this morning and Susie is looking beautiful as ever. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to wait for further testing for the level of brain activity.

Harper’s body was found at 915 Vernon Drive after detectives had obtained a search warrant for his last known address. The release stated that Harper was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Harper was the ex-boyfriend of Susie Montag, it is apparent after this incident yesterday that the family had some fear for their own lives as well. Onslow Memorial Hospital has protocol and policy to be on lockdown while the victim was in care for transport said one employee yesterday.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, please protect yourself, first, you have to leave if you are living in the same home, don’t concern with not having the money or a place as many women do, there are resources available to help you on your way. You can begin earning a living once you are out, but you may not if injured severely or killed. Afraid of facing your abuser in court for an ex parte? There’s help for that too, Onslow County has an amazing system set up just for that reason. (NC Courts Onslow County)

The domestic violence system in Onslow County runs in partnership with the Onslow Women’s Center, where victims can file the ex parte applications, the Onlsow County Sheriff’s Office, and Onslow County clerk’s office and District Court. Discussions are being held to add Camp Lejeune as a filing site for military personnel.The domestic violence eFiling process starts and ends at a domestic violence service agency that is separate from the courthouse. The applicant files the petition, is heard by the judge, and receives signed orders and notification regarding service on the defendant all while they are in a secure, remote location. All matters are conducted electronically and through live video feeds with judges, clerks, and sheriff’s deputies, while the victim receives services from the domestic violence agency, such as safety planning, housing, and child care.

The eFiling system saves time and reduces the risk of physical harm to individuals seeking legal protection by eliminating the manual handling of paper filings to the courthouse. Judges can view documents and sign orders quickly and more efficiently. Local law enforcement can access the system and search service documents, forms, and orders online to facilitate faster service. The system will send automated email and text messages to alert the proper parties as specific events occur in the case.

As a survivor of domestic violence, this is something I take very seriously and I encourage anyone, male or female to protect yourself. If it means moving to another town or state, do it. I had to.

There is a gofundme setup to help with the medical and living expenses for Ms. Montag if you would like to contribute. Support for Susie GoFundMe

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact JPD Sergeant Mark Ketchum at 910-938-6412 or mketchum@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is determined to be of value or assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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