DANVILLE — Police learned about a triple homicide Friday morning when a 9-year-old boy called 911 shortly after 9 a.m. from the ABC Gold, Games and More pawn shop, Danville police Chief Tony Gray said.
Gray identified two of the victims as Michael Hockensmith, 35, and his wife Angela Hockensmith, 38, both of Lincoln County. Michael Hockensmith was a co-owner of the pawn shop and ran it on a day-to-day basis, and his wife often helped out, friends said.
The third victim was a customer, according to police.
The Hockensmiths’ children were in the store at the time of the shooting. The older child called the police after the shooter ran away. That’s one level-headed kid! He and his baby sister are with their grandparents.
Police suspect it was a robbery gone bad, and are still looking for the shooter, described as a middle-aged white male.
Danville is home to Centre College, my daughter’s alma mater, and has a population of about 16,000. It rarely has any violent crime.