Two Central Kentucky men died and a third was wounded in a Monday shooting that appears to be drug-related, Danville police Chief Tony Gray said Tuesday. A suspect has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, Gray said.
The two men who died were Ted Sparks, 54, of Danville, and Mark Snyder, 21, of Waynesburg, Gray said.
The wounded man was identified as Phillip White, 37, of Lancaster. He was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. His condition was not immediately available.
"They thought he would survive, but he did have numerous gunshot wounds," Gray said.
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Danville police charged Thomas Wayne Hager Jr., 39, of Danville with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly trying to dispose of the weapon used in the killings.
Late Monday, police went to Fifth and High streets in Danville, where a man was said to have been shot. Officers found White, who had been shot multiple times.
"He advised that he went to visit 477 High Street and encountered two white males being held at gunpoint" by a man, Gray said.
White told police the man with the gun began shooting the two men, whereupon White fled by jumping out a window, Gray said.
When officers went to 477 High Street, they found two dead men. Sparks lived at the address where the shooting happened, Gray said.
Witnesses told police about a man wearing a green shirt and blue jeans and leaving the scene in a blue pickup. After canvassing the area, Officer Ryan Lipscomb found a truck matching the description at Village Apartments on Balasa Drive.
Hager was found and volunteered to be brought in for questioning. After an initial interview, he was returned home but he became ill and was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for treatment.
As the investigation continued, officers obtained more information linking Hager to the victims and crimes, police said. After being treated at the hospital, Hager was taken back to the police department for a second interview. Hager confessed during that interview, a police release said.
Autopsies were scheduled to be performed Tuesday at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort.
Police recovered a weapon, but Gray would not give a description. "We don't know if the weapon we recovered is the one that matches up to" the shooting, he said. "It is drug-related is all I can really say," Gray said.
The investigation is continuing.
Hager was being held in the Boyle County Detention Center.