Authorities said Saturday that they are looking for at least one armed suspect in connection with the death of the owner of a gun range in Georgia, as well as his wife and grandson.
The robbery occurred Friday evening, according to the Grantville Police Department on Facebook. Officers arrived at the scene around 8 p.m. and discovered the bodies of the Lock Stock & Barrel Shooting Range owner, his wife, and their grandson.
Grantville Police identified the victims as gun range owner Thomas Hawk, 75, his wife Evelyn, 75, and their 17-year-old grandson Luke, according to WSB-TV.
According to Police Chief Steve Whitlock, the Hawk family was well-known and highly regarded in their small, close-knit community. Lock Stock & Barrel had been in business for nearly 30 years, according to the Hawks. Their grandson was on spring break and working at the shop with his grandparents.
Investigators believe the robbery and shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. Friday, when the range usually closes. He stated Hawk’s son, Richard, visited the business and was the one who discovered the victims.
As of early Saturday, no suspects had been identified, and no arrests had been made, he said. According to investigators, up to 40 guns and the range’s surveillance camera were also stolen.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident, but when contacted on Saturday, they referred all inquiries to Grantville Police. Due to the large number of weapons taken, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was also called in. Whitlock expressed gratitude to other law enforcement agencies for their assistance in the investigation.