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DANVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men and one woman died Friday in Danville, Ky. during a robbery at a local pawn shop.
Police say three people were shot to death. Friends say one of the victims was a local youth pastor.
For much of the day, Danville residents were on edge after police discovered three people shot to death at the ABC Gold, Games & More business. Authorities identified two of the victims as the co-owners, 38-year-old Angela and 34-year-old Michael Hockensmith from Lincoln County, and 60-year-old Daniel Smith, a Richmond resident who was inside at the time.
"The door was locked and we had to force entry into the business," said Tony Gray, chief of the Danville Police Department. "When we got inside the business we discovered that there were three people who were deceased. It appears that they suffered gunshot wounds."
"That's not fair," said Melissa Morris, a family friend. "There are so many crappy people in the world and they were not anything like that. Mike wasn't like that. Angela was nothing like that." Friends of the family were visibly upset as they learned the news. WDRB has learned the couple was inside with their 9-year-old son and 14-month-old daughter at the time. The 9-year-old boy called 911 about a potential robbery.
"Andrew, the son, hid in the closet and called 911," said Pastor Garvin Floyd.
Police are still looking for a suspect, described as a white male, age 40-50, in a camo jacket and heavyset.
The shootings temporarily put local schools, businesses, and Centre College on lockdown. Friends of the Hockensmiths say the husband was a local youth minister in the area. They are angry this has happened.
"This shouldn't have happened to them," said Floyd. "He could have asked them what they wanted and they would have given it to him."
"I hope they catch whoever did this to them," said Morris. "There's nothing to steal out of there that's worth anything. What the hell are you thinking?"
Police say the children found safe inside were given to their grandparents. Police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.
Friends of the Hockensmith family say they leave behind two kids, and an exchange student. A fund has been set up under the "Michael and Angela Hockensmith Memorial Fund". You can donate at any PNC Bank location.
The Danville Police department says the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering $10,000 reward in this case.