Residents Worry After Nightclub Shooting

By: Patty Boczarski Email
By: Patty Boczarski Email

Charles E. Harper, known to family and friends as "Elliott", lived on Hardin Street in Quincy before he moved to North Carolina for college.

He was home for a visit and decided to go out to the club when he was fatally shot in front of Top Flite.

Harper's parents didn't want to speak on camera but say they're in disbelief, and residents living near the club agree.

"Anytime we lose a life, it hurts," said resident Emily Moore.

This isn't the first time someone has lost their life near Top Flite. Tallahassee resident Antonio Steele was killed near there three years ago, a victim of a gunshot wound to the neck.

Still, police say Top Flite shouldn't be singled out.

"Top Flite has been down there for at least 15 years and to my recollection they've had problems in the past, in the past several years, but I don't think they've had anything more than any other nightclub," said John Creamer.

The difference, some locals say, is that Top Flite is just yards away from a residential area.

Some residents say they want better security at closing time. Others want the club gone completely.

"To me it's very dangerous because suppose it comes through my window, you know what I'm saying? Maybe it could have been me or one of my great grands or who knows who could be laying in a hospital or in a morgue somewhere," said Dorise Brown.

Police are continuing to investigate the entire incident.

One suspect in this shooting, Jimmy Ray Hair, Junior, is now facing charges of second degree murder and shooting from a vehicle.

Another suspect may also face criminal charges.


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  • by annonimous Location: tallahassee on Mar 21, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    Jimmy Hair also made his parents proud, he is a well educated young man and would not have hurt anyone unless his life was threatenned. From my understanding harper came into hair's vehicle and attacked him. I wish that young people today would think twice before taking a precious life and ruining so many lives, my sympathy goes out to harpers family since he too was a decent young man, but he acted foolishly when he decided to stop and attack a second time, since jimmy hair was allready in his vehicle and headed home. it is impossible to expect that he would not defend himself. today you never know who is armed and who is not armed, and the lighting outside a nightclub is not enough to determine if someone is coming at you with a weopon or not. however we should not judge, only pray for those two families whose lives have been forever affected by two young men who made bad decisions.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: West Palm Beach on Jul 26, 2007 at 09:09 AM
    I'M A FAMLIY MEMBER OF JIMMY HAIR AND I KNOW IN MY HEART FOR HIM TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS HIS LIFE HAD TO BE THREATEN, THERE ALWAYS TWO SIDE TO A STORY PLEASE LET THE AUTHORITY DO THERE INVESTIGATION BEFORE EVERONE CONDEMN HIM !
  • by ANONYMOUS on Jul 24, 2007 at 02:27 PM
    I THINK JIMMY SHOULD ROT IN JAIL. DID CHARLES HAVE A WEAPON IN HIS HAND THREATENING JIMMY? IF JIMMY HAIR WAS SO AFRAID HE SHOULD HAVE WENT TO THE AUTHORITIES BEFORE TAKING MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS, BECAUSE OF JIMMY TRYING TO "DEFEND HIMSELF" AS YOU SAY, SOMEONE'S LIFE HAS ENDED SENSELESSLY. DID JIMMY STOP AND THINK ABOUT TOMORROW BEFORE PULLING OUT THAT GUN? AND DID YOU FORGET JIMMY WAS IN A CAR AND WAS NOT DRIVING SO THE DRIVER IS ALSO AT FAULT BECAUSE ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS DRIVE AWAY. ANYBODY WITH COMMON SENSE KNOWS TO GO THE OTHER WAY WHEN SOMEONE IS THREATENING YOUR LIFE. WHY WOULD YOU PUT YOURSELF IN HARM'S WAY? THIS IS A VERY SAD ORDEAL NOT ONLY HAS CHARLES LOST HIS LIFE BUT I'M PRETTY SURE IT LOOKS LIKE THE END OF JIMMY'S. EVEN IF HE DOESN'T GET LIFE HE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST WITH MURDER ON HIS HANDS PERIOD. REST IN PEACE "C" ONE OF QUINCY'S FINEST.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    I BELIEVE JIMMY RAY HAIR SHOULD BE LET GO. HE WAS DEFENDING HIMSELF AND IN FEAR FOR HIS LIFE. WHAT KIND OF PLACE DO WE LIVE IN THAT A PERSON IS CONVICTED FOR SELF DEFENSE. IF SOMEONE IS THREATENING YOUR LIFE YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DEFEND YOURSELF PERIOD.
  • by Ericka Location: Quincy on Jul 23, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    I am the cousin of charles we grow up together he's just like a little brother to me.Our families use to take summer vacations together. You know life is precious and it's not ours to give or take when we get ready. Charles was just home for a visit. Charles went off to college and made his parents proud and me too. Charles was so respectful and well educated and nobody can through a football like him. I love elliott and i'm going to miss him dearly, he is truly one of a kind.
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