Nancy Taylor Obituary – On Monday afternoon, a tragic incident occurred in a townhome neighborhood just southwest of downtown Apex. Two women were fatally shot, and even a dog was found shot and killed in the same neighborhood. The sound of gunshots shocked the residents, as such incidents are rare in this area. One neighbor, Tom McKay, recalled hearing six to eight gunshots around 3 p.m.
The Apex Police Department received a call about a disturbance in the vicinity of Brussels Drive and Chipping Drive, which later escalated to a shots fired call while officers were en route. Upon arrival, officers discovered two women who had been shot multiple times. Despite immediate medical attention and transportation to a hospital, they unfortunately did not survive. Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert expressed his condolences, stating that this tragedy deeply saddens the town and will continue to support all those affected. As officers were investigating the scene, they heard additional gunshots and were able to locate and apprehend a suspect without any further incidents.
The suspect, identified as Harry Bates Hardman, 37, of Brussels Drive in Apex, was subsequently booked into the Wake County Jail on charges of murder and animal cruelty.
One of the victims was identified as Nancy Taylor, who had moved to the neighborhood three years ago to be closer to her grandchildren. Taylor was known for her involvement in the community, serving as a leader within the HOA. She was affectionately called “grandma” by the children in the neighborhood. The dog that was killed in the shooting belonged to Taylor, further adding to the tragedy. The identity of the second woman has not yet been disclosed. Tom McKay, a Lee County deputy off duty at the time, witnessed the events unfold from his home just a few houses away.