Gabrielle Raymond RTI was an American woman who along with Nancy Taylor were shot and killed by a former Army captain, Harry Hardman.
He was approached by two women, Gabrielle Raymond RTI and Nancy Taylor, both of whom he knew, to calm him down.
Hardman drew a weapon and fired on both women, killing them instantly.
The shooting occurred Tuesday, January 16th and Hardman was arraigned and presented before court on charges of murder and animal cruelty.
He is next due in court on February 5.
Let’s learn more about his victims, Gabrielle Raymond, a chemical engineer with RTI, Nancy Taylor and Harry Hardman himself.
Who is Gabrielle Raymond RTI?
Gabrielle Raymond was an American chemical engineer with RTI (Research Triangle Institute) who was shot and killed by unhinged former Army officer, Harry Hardman.
Hardman shot and killed Raymond and another woman, Nancy Taylor on Tuesday.
He also killed a dog.
Apex police officers said they received a call around 3 p.m. about a disturbance near Brussels Drive and Chipping Drive.
While officers were on the way to the neighborhood, the call was upgraded to a shots fired call.
Officers quickly found two women in the area who had been shot multiple times.
The two were treated immediately and rushed to a hospital, but they did not survive.
“This is a sad day for our town. Anytime there is a tragedy, we hurt as a community. We will continue to pray for all involved,” Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert said in a statement to ABC11.
“We are thankful for all first responders who courageously responded to the scene to render assistance and provide safety.”
The two women were identified as 37-year-old Gabrielle Raymond RTI and 69-year-old Nancy Taylor.
Gabrielle Raymond according to a LinkedIn profile in her name was a Chemical Engineer at RTI International located in Durham, North Carolina.
According to LinkedIn, “RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition,”
Their bio continues: “Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development.
“We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world,”
Gabrielle Raymond was working with RTI at the time of her death.
Gabrielle Raymond helped RTI with its stated aim of helping federal, state and local governments as well as private organisations to identify cost-effective strategies for reducing air pollutant emissions and implementing innovations solutions for other environmental challenges.
She was part of a team which worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
RTI has worked with the EPA for more than 40 years and has supported all EPA offices.
Their multidisciplinary team of experts-including engineers, scientists, and economists-addresses real-world environmental problems through high-quality research, development, and technical services.
Who is Nancy Taylor Apex NC – 2nd victim killed with Gabrielle Raymond RTI?
Nancy Taylor, 69, was the 2nd victim killed by Harry Hardman in the shooting in Apex, North Carolina.
Around 3 p.m. Monday, Apex police officers were called to the area of Brussels Drive at Chipping Drive in response to a disturbance. While en route, the disturbance escalated to a shots fired call.
Police said Hardman was outside in the neighborhood being loud, causing a disturbance, which prompted the initial 911 call.
A video shot by a resident in the neighborhood recorded a Hardman screaming in the street around the time of the shooting.
In the video, he can be heard shouting calls to violence to graduates and students of MIT, Harvard and more and called for the ‘cleansing of the country’ as the ‘final solution.’
According to the police, Taylor approached Hardman and began speaking with him.
Gabrielle Raymond RTI also joined the conversation at some point, according to the police.
Police said Hardman then apparently shot both Raymond and Taylor, and neighbors began to call 911 to report that shooting.
Neighbors told police they heard up to eight gunshots.
Officers arrived quickly and saw Hardman retreating to his home.
They set up a perimeter around the home, then saw Hardman exit the back door with an AR-15 rifle.
Apex police then told Hardman to drop the weapon, which he did. He was then taken into custody.
Officers found the women laying in the front yard of a home on Chipping Drive. Both were taken to the hospital, where they died.
Neighbors said Taylor was a grandparent who had recently moved to North Carolina from Georgia.
Everyone reportedly knew Taylor, who was the head of the South Walk HOA.
She was known to often walk her dog. Children in the area were also affectionate of her and called her ‘grandma’.
Taylor’s family said she was recently retired.
Gabrielle Raymond’s parents said their daughter – a chemical engineer who worked at RTI – was friends with Taylor.
Who is Harry Hardman Apex NC?
Harry Hardman, who committed the shooting of Gabrielle Raymond RTI and Nancy Taylor, was a former U.S Army officer.
The U.S. Army said Hardman was a former captain, who served from 2005 to 2019.
The West Point Association of Graduates said Hardman graduated from the military academy in 2009.
After that time, he worked as a real estate agent. The general manager of the restaurant at the Peak on Salem in Apex said Hardman worked as a server from August 2023 until December 2023.
37-years-old, Harry Bates Hardman, 37 was late of Brussels Drive in Apex.
He was booked into Wake County Jail on two counts of murder and one count of animal cruelty.
Hardman made his first court appearance just before 2 p.m. in front of Wake County District Court Judge Ned Mangum Tuesday.
Judge Mangum read Hardman his charges and told him, “if convicted, you could get up to life without parole or the death penalty.” The judge appointed a Capital Defender to represent him and said he would be due back in court on Feb. 5.
Tom McKay, who is a Lee County deputy, was off duty and at home as the shooting unfolded a few houses down.
“I was upstairs watching everything happen, and I saw a lot of the Apex officers show up; they came down the hill, they were going around the back of the townhomes with ARs,” McKay told ABC11.
“We definitely know who that guy is … he’s just a little bit off,” McKay added.
“He lives alone, just kind of weird, I guess, he was often, in my opinion, kind of just, strong emotions, you know laughing but could also get angry.”
McKay added about seeing a crime scene unfold whilst off-duty.
“To see it like, off duty is just kind of a completely different perspective,” McKay said. “I’m just going to keep saying, It’s Apex, I would have never have thought, you know? But you never know.”
Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States.
At its southern border, Apex encompasses the community of Friendship.
In 1994, the downtown area was designated a historic district, and the Apex train depot, built in 1867, is designated a Wake County landmark.
The depot location marks the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad, hence the town’s name.
The town motto is “The Peak of Good Living”.
In the late 19th century, a small community developed around the railroad station. The forests were cleared for farmland, much of which was dedicated to tobacco farming. Since Apex was near the state capital, it became a trading center.
The railroad shipped products such as lumber, tar, and tobacco. The town was officially incorporated in 1873.
By 1900, the town had a population of 349. As of the 2020 census, its population was 58,780.
The population boom occurred primarily in the late 1990s. The Research Triangle Park, established in the 1960s, created strong demand for technology workers. This also drove population growth.
Apex is currently the 18th-largest municipality in North Carolina.
The town is a suburb of both Raleigh and Research Triangle Park (RTP).
It is situated to the southwest of Raleigh with direct highway access via US 1.
Apex is south of RTP with direct highway access via NC 540. Apex crests the watersheds of both the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.15 square miles (65.1 km2), of which 25.06 square miles (64.9 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (0.36%) is water.
Neighboring towns include Cary to the north and northeast, Holly Springs to the south, and Raleigh to the east and northeast.
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