Police receiving tips in Danville triple homicide

kward1@herald-leader.comSeptember 21, 2013 

Pawn Shop Shooting

Three people were slain Friday morning at the ABC Gold and Games pawn shop in Danville, police said. A 9-year-old boy called 911 and said there had been a robbery. Police found the boy and and a 20-month-old girl inside the building.

CLAY JACKSON — The Advocate-Messenger

Police on Saturday said they were receiving tips in the fatal shooting of three people in a Danville pawn shop on Friday.

Boyle County Coroner Dr. Don Hamner said autopsies were conducted Saturday on Michael Hockensmith, 35, and Angela Hockensmith, 38, of Lincoln County.

Hamner said he did not yet have an official cause of death for the couple or for Daniel P. Smith, 60, of Richmond. All three were found dead inside ABC Gold, Games and More pawn shop just after 9 a.m. Friday.

David Crowe, pastor of Bruner's Chapel Baptist Church in Harrodsburg, said a vigil for the victims has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Boyle County Courthouse.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible, Danville police Chief Tony Gray said.

Gray said the suspect is thought to be a heavyset white man, 40 to 50 years old, with a pot belly. He was wearing a green camouflage jacket.

The Hockensmiths' 9-year-old son and young daughter were in the shop Friday morning, and the boy called police to report what he described as a robbery and shooting.

Gray said the front door was locked from the inside, and police had to break the glass to get in.

The shooter left through the store's garage door and went down a narrow alley that runs between the pawn shop and cleaners, Gray said.

Officers were continuing to follow up on leads on Saturday, he said. "We are receiving tips," Gray said. He said police were trying to contact people who might have been in the area at the time of the shooting.

For example, Gray said a woman had picked up some dry cleaning at Rainbow Cleaners next door, and "we think she saw the suspect."

He said police were also trying to track down a woman who was waiting for a ride at a car rental agency nearby.

Gray said there was no surveillance video available.

Steve Divine, who co-owned the business with Michael Hockensmith, told The Advocate-Messenger in Danville that the store had cameras, but a previous owner had taken the video recording equipment when he left the business.

Divine told the newspaper that Smith was a gold buyer and seller who may have carried lots of money, and he came in the shop at the same time every Friday.

Divine told The Advocate-Messenger that he thinks Smith might have been the target of the robbery.

In addition to his work at the shop, Michael Hockensmith served as youth minister at Mitchellsburg Baptist Church. Angela Hockensmith was a stay-at-home mom who home-schooled the children, but she sometimes worked in the shop too.

Funeral arrangements for the Hockensmiths were pending at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset.

Hamner said no information about arrangements was available for Smith, whose body will not be released by the state medical examiner's office until Sunday.

Smith has been described as a customer in the store.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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