Police have identified the fifth suspect in the shooting death of Harley Shirley. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 19-year-old Ferrell Jackson for his connection to the Feb. 17 murder. So far, four suspects have been arrested, including two minors.
On Thursday, police announced that they are looking for Ferrell Jackson. According to reports, Jackson is wanted for obstruction of justice. Sophie Hagy, a 20-year-old woman, was also shot during the shooting, but she survived.
Two women and two minors were arrested for the shooting. The teens, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, were charged with murder and attempted murder. They were arrested last month, and their names have not been released.
Diana Sarah Jackson, 38, was arrested and charged with obstructing justice during the investigation. The 38-year-old is being held on a $100,000 secured bond. The other woman, Cassidy Lorene Hunter, 21, was charged with accessory after the fact. She is being held on a $1 million bond at the Johnston County Jail.
According to police reports, the shooting on Feb. 17 occurred at an event in honor of Xavier Smith, who was killed in a car accident. Officers responded to a home on Josephine Road in Garner, N.C. around 8 p.m. When police arrived on the scene, they got another call about individuals with gunshot wounds at a Sheetz on Cornwallis Road.
Officers found 21-year-old Harley Shirley who was pronounced dead at the scene. Sophie Hagy was also at the scene. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 20-year-old is currently paralyzed because of the shooting. Her family is raising money for her medical treatments.
A GoFundMe page has raised over $63,000 for her medical bills with an original goal of $65,000. The page says, “One bullet remains lodged in her spine and severed her spinal cord. She is now paralyzed from her waist down. As expected, Sophie is in shock, overwhelmed by emotion, and is having a difficult time processing what has happened. Sophie, and her family are eternally grateful for anything you can give to assist with medical costs. Thank you for your love and support.”
A motive for the shooting is unknown, and police are still investigating while they look for Ferrell Jackson.
Harley Shirley’s father, Ronnie Shirley, was the star of the reality TV show Lizard Lick Towing from 2011 to 2014. The show followed their family’s towing and repossession business. Since the 21-year-old’s death, Ronnie Shirley has been very vocal about the loss of his son.
Following the shooting, the father confirmed his son’s death and said, “He’s at peace now – waiting on the rest of us to arrive at those gates- we will be there soon Big Shur – and will always cherish the times we had while you were with us son.”
Ronnie said they buried his son on Feb. 26. In a longer Instagram post, he asked his followers to pray for his family. He also asked that his fans pray for the families of the shooters.
He said, “Please pray for his mother, his brother , his sisters and our family – please pray for the family of the shooters – they have lost kids Also – please pray for the families of the others charged – there are kids and family whose lives are all forever changed and devastated – pray for the young lady that’s paralyzed and know God can still make the lame walk again – pray for the driver that escaped – and help her to find peace in the fact she has a second chance at life and she has no blame and should not have guilt in this – pray for Big Shurs friends.”
According to CBS17, anyone with information on the location of Ferrell Nicholas Jackson is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5010 or their local law enforcement agency.