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‘Lizard Lick Towing’ star says his son was killed in North Carolina shooting


GARNER, North Carolina (AP) — The owner of Lizard Lick Towing, a towing and repossession business featured on a reality TV show, has confirmed his son was killed in a shooting in North Carolina.

In a Facebook post, Ronnie Shirley confirmed that 21-year-old Harley Shirley was shot and killed in Garner on Thursday night. Shirley and his wife, Amy, own Lizard Lick Towing and starred in a truTV reality show based on their family business from 2011 to 2014.

The shooting is being investigated by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

“He’s at peace now – waiting for us to get to those doors – we’ll be there soon Big Shur – and will always cherish the times we had while you were with us my son,” Ronnie Shirley wrote on Facebook.

The News & Observer reports that deputies responded to a reported shooting at a home around 8 p.m. Thursday. Capt. Jeff Caldwell said in a news release that shortly after, a caller reported people with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a Sheetz gas station, about 5 miles north of the house.

There, deputies found Shirley, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A 20-year-old woman who was also shot was taken to hospital but her injuries were not considered life-threatening, Caldwell said.

WRAL-TV reported that the shooting occurred as family members held a balloon-launch memorial for a relative who died in a car crash Tuesday in Fuquay-Varina. Immediately after the shooting, several suspects fled the house in a yellow vehicle, Caldwell said. Investigators are working to identify the suspects.

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