A former South Carolina high school teacher is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend before shooting herself in what police say was an attempted murder and suicide.
Jennifer Rudemyer, 39, was found dead in front of the house of her former Spanish Wells Plantation resident at around 6.15 p.m. on Tuesday, said the Beaufort County sheriff's office. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Near the body of Rudemyer was wounded Dr. Gaston & # 39; Gus & # 39; Perez who suffered from four to five shots in the upper part of the body. The 60-year-old man was taken to Memorial Medical University Medical Center in Savannah and is said to be in stable condition.
Perez's son, Alex, told the Island Packet on Thursday that his father was shot in the chest, near his face and in his hands while trying to block the path of the bullets. The surgeon who operated on Perez said he was lucky to be alive.
Jennifer Rudemyer is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend, Dr. Gaston & # 39; Gus & # 39; Perez, several times before committing suicide
The shooting occurred outside the Spanish plantation of Pérez Wells in South Carolina
"I feel so, so, so lucky that I survived," Alex said. "I know that many families do not have breaks like this when the tragedy falls."
Pérez's daughter, Mel, wrote on Facebook that she was resting in the ICU.
"Dad is in the ICU and resting, he will not be able to see him for a few more hours, but he's so happy to know that he recovered, he's the strongest man I know, thanks for all the sweet messages and support, and I'll try to keep them to all updated, "he published.
Authorities said that according to eyewitness accounts, the crime scene and the information they gathered appears to have been shot by Perez in an attempt to kill him. Then she turned the gun on itself.
According to a police report, the couple had been dating and dating for approximately eight years. Reports indicate that they had recently separated.
Hours before the shooting, Perez received a restraining order against Rudemyer, who according to him would follow him, would come to his work and threaten him.
A friend of Rudemyer told the Island Packet that Rudemyer had allegedly admitted wanting to kill his ex-boyfriend a week before the shooting.
Rudemyer, 39, allegedly threatened to buy a gun and shoot his ex-boyfriend a week before the attempted murder and suicide.
Lauren Church, who said she had been friends with Rudemyer for a decade, told the store that on August 28 Rudemyer contacted her and told her that she was trying to buy a gun. Ruderyer allegedly told his friend that he was going to kill Perez and then commit suicide.
"I really did not know what to say," Church said. "I encouraged her many, many, many times to seek help."
Church said he sent an anonymous tip to authorities to alert them to what Rudemyer said he also told Perez about threats from his ex-girlfriend.
Another friend, whose name has not been revealed, said that on August 28 they received a similar phone call from Rudemyer. The friend contacted the authorities who went to Rudemyer's house to perform a health and wellbeing control. Police said they found the 39-year-old girl in bed intoxicated.
& # 39; Ms. Rudemyer said he was fine and everything was fine, "the police report said." After talking to her for several minutes, Ms. Rudemyer admitted that she was having a difficult time and accepted that she wanted to be voluntarily transported to the hospital. "
The report says she was taken to Hilton Head Medical Center, but did not provide further details.
Perez was granted a restraining order against Rudemyer hours before he allegedly tried to kill him outside his home.
Captain Joe Babkiewicz confirmed to Island Packet that the department received advice on Rudemyer but did not say whether any action was taken. He told the outlet that the councils are still being followed at this time.
Perez is a licensed family practice physician and owner of Global Family Medicine in Bluffton. According to a LinkedIn page, he is also the medical director of Hospice Care of South Carolina and the home health care company Amedisys.
Rudemyer taught at Hilton Head Middle School in 2003 and 2004, and at H.E. McCracken Middle School from 2008 to 2017. She also owned a home and business organization called Coastal Cluster Queens.