“Every Second Is so Hard,” Victims of Shooting Tell KNWA about Devastating Night


Thursday night, March 14, 22-year-old Dekota Harvey shot two people leaving one dead, according to a Fayetteville police report.

KNWA talked with the survivors of the shooting who said their lives are changed forever by the ‘monster’ who took their best friend and girlfriend’s life.

“It went through the door and then I looked up and I see the bullets flying and I heard two more and I didn’t know what was happening I was just screaming,” said Courtney Willie, Dekota Harvey’s ex-friend and victim of the shooting.

The incident was a breakup turned deadly.

“I thought they were all dead because there were so many gunshots and I had seen what he did to Alexis so I thought the worse had happened to Shae,” says Teanna Shaffer, shooting survivor.

Twenty-one-year-old Courtney Willie, also known as Shea, and 22-year-old Dekota Harvey dated for almost two years. Willie said after constant abuse she decided she had enough.

“He didn’t like anybody making me happy. He was very angry almost all the time no matter what I did,” said Willie.

After Willie kicked him out of the home Thursday evening, that’s when things escalated. Harvey returned with a gun, shooting Willie in the leg and killing 22-year-old Elizabeth Dawson also known as Alexis. 

“When he opened the door …  it’s what pushed me and Alexis into the kitchen and I tried to kick the door closed but he was already inside. Before I was unfrozen he had time to shoot her,” says Shaffer.

According to the victims, five rounds were shot. After sitting in the silence, Willie knew something wasn’t right.

“Five seconds had passed and I realized nobody was screaming it was just so … I thought they were dead and I crawled out of the room because I wanted him to kill me too,” said Willie.

Willie and Dawson were secretly seeing each other in fear of Harvey’s retaliation. Willie said now she must live without the love of her life.

“Every second is so hard, cause I see her everywhere I go and I hear her voice every time I do anything,” said Willie.

Harvey and Willie’s relationship had a pattern of abuse. She says she was finally happy when she found Dawson.

“She would knock down every barrier I had,” said Willie.

“She made every day better. I never thought I could see Shae as happy as she was with Alexandria,” says Shaffer.

In just a few minutes, everything changed for these two girls.

“We were the power puff girls,” said Willie.

But they will continue on to find the dreams they shared with Dawson.

“I can’t see her but I know that she’s around somewhere,” says Willie.

Willie says she hopes to see Harvey again so she can tell him, while he took everything from her she will continue to heal and grow stronger while he is behind bars. 

Harvey is being held on capital murder and attempted capital murder charges, on no bond, at the Washington County Detention Center, according to booking details. 

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