Police: three useless in gun variety taking pictures; forty guns stolen

Authorities say a pair and their grandson are useless after an armed theft at a gun variety in Georgia

ATLANTA — Police are looking for as a minimum one armed suspect in reference to the killing of the proprietor of a gun variety in Georgia and his spouse and grandson, government stated Saturday.

The Grantville Police Department stated through Facebook that the theft befell Friday evening. When officials arrived on the scene round eight p.m., they found the our bodies of the proprietor of Lock Stock & Barrel Shooting Range, alongside together along with his spouse and grandson.

According to WSB-TV, Grantville Police diagnosed the sufferers because the gun variety proprietor, Thomas Hawk, 75; his spouse, Evelyn, 75; and their grandson, Luke, 17.

Police Chief Steve Whitlock stated the Hawk own circle of relatives become famous and well-reputable of their small, tight-knit community. The Hawks had operated Lock Stock & Barrel for almost 30 years. Their grandson become on spring break, supporting his grandparents on the shop.

“This is only a surprise to everyone withinside the community,” Whitlock informed The Associated Press. “We’re looking to do the quality that we are able to to discern this out.”

Whitlock stated investigators trust the theft and taking pictures befell round 5:30 p.m. Friday, that’s while the variety typically closes. He stated Hawk’s son, Richard, got here via way of means of the commercial enterprise and become the individual that located the sufferers.

There aren’t anyt any suspects as of early Saturday, and no arrests had been made, he stated. Investigators stated that as many as forty weapons and the variety’s surveillance digital digicam had been additionally stolen.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating, however while contacted Saturday referred all questions to Grantville Police. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives become additionally referred to as in because of the quantity of guns taken. Whitlock stated he’s thankful for the assist from different regulation enforcement groups withinside the investigation.

“We’re only a small town, 12 officials. I’ve been right here 8 years and feature in no way had to analyze whatever like this. It’s been type of tough on us. The crime fee is definitely, definitely low,” he stated.

A praise of $15,000 has been published for statistics main to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers withinside the case, consistent with the ATF Atlanta workplace’s Twitter feed.

“ATF and our regulation enforcement companions will paintings tirelessly to convey the killer(s) to justice,” ATF Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge Benjamin P. Gibbons stated in a statement. “The brutality of those mindless murders in conjunction with the reality that those killer(s) have obtained extra firearms makes fixing this situation our pinnacle priority.”

A message left with the ATF workplace in Atlanta become now no longer right now returned.

Police are asking any witnesses to return back forward. Whitlock stated they don’t have any video proof to paintings with proper now.

“Anyone having pushed via way of means of the taking pictures variety in the course of the time-frame of 530pm to 630 pm that can have visible motors apart from a white Ford dually truck and a black Ford day trip are requested to touch the police department,” Grantville police stated of their Facebook statement.

The taking pictures variety is in rural Coweta County, approximately 50 miles (approximately eighty kilometers) southwest of Atlanta.