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A 21-year-old has been arrested in connection with a fatal armed robbery at a shooting range in Georgia.
Jacob Christian Muse of College Park is charged with three counts of malicious murder, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement released Friday.
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Last week’s crime left three families dead at Lock Stock & Barrel shooting range in rural Coweta County.
Grantville officers discovered the bodies of the shooting range owner, his wife and grandson on the evening of April 8
The Grantville Police Department responded to a 911 call from Coweta County Coroner Tommy Richard Hawk, Jr. at 8:08 p.m. ET.
Police Chief Steve Whitlock said investigators believe the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m., when the range normally closes.
The victims – who were found shot dead inside the family business – have been identified as Thomas Hawk Sr., 75, Evelyn Hawk, 75 and Alexander Luke Hawk, 17.
Investigators said as many as 40 firearms and the range’s surveillance camera were stolen at the same time.
“We’re just a small town, 12 officers. I’ve been here eight years and never had to investigate anything like that. It’s been pretty tough for us. The crime rate is really, really low,” Whitlock said.
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) noted that crime scene specialists spent days documenting, collecting and preserving evidence, turning over physical evidence to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and GBI crime labs. .
Whitlock said the Hawk family are well known and respected in their community and have operated Lock Stock & Barrel for almost 30 years.
Their grandson – the son of the Coweta County Coroner – was on spring break helping his grandparents at the store.
Coweta County Sheriff Lenn Wood wrote on Facebook that “The Hawk Family, the Town of Grantville and the community of Coweta have been shattered and forever changed by the senseless and tragic event that occurred in Grantville. “.
Officials said Muse was held in Coweta County Jail – although authorities did not release further information about his arrest and it was not immediately clear whether Muse had an attorney who could comment.
Fox 5 Atlanta reported that the joint investigation into the murders remains open and very active and that police say someone took a company DVR camera.
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The station noted that there was a combined reward of $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction, although it was not immediately clear whether anyone will claim the money.
Danielle Wallace of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.