The Richmond Register

September 22, 2013

ATF offering $10,000 reward in pawn shop shooting


Associated Press

DANVILLE — The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot up a pawn shop in Danville and killed three people including a Richmond man.

Daniel P. Smith, 60, traveled extensively trading with pawn shops, according to people who knew him.

His arrangements are pending at Combs, Parsons and Collins Funeral Home in Richmond.

Danville Police Chief Tony Gray told The Advocate-Messenger that witnesses described the shooter as “heavy-set” and having a “pot belly.”

Gray said investigators want to question a white male, about 40-50 years old and wearing a green camouflage jacket. Gray said a previous description of the suspect as a young, scruffy-looking man wearing a black hoodie may have been of a homeless person or someone else unrelated to the crime.

Gray said the man fled through the garage of the business after Friday morning’s shooting, then went down an alleyway of a nearby establishment.

Boyle County Coroner Dr. Don Hamner said the bodies of Mike Hockensmith, 35, his wife, Angela Hockensmith, 38, and Smith were sent to Frankfort for autopsies.

The Hockensmiths ran ABC Gold, Games and More.

Gray said the Hockensmiths’ two children, one a 9-year-old boy and the other a 14-month-old girl, were in the store at the time. The 9-year-old dialed 911. The police chief said the two children are safe.

Steve Divine, the owner of the property and the co-owner of the business, said the children have been placed with their grandparents in Somerset. The Hockensmiths also had a foreign exchange student living with them. The girl is from Taiwan and attends Lincoln County High School.

Divine said the young boy carried his sister to the office and covered her.

“He’s my hero,” Divine said.

A memorial fund has been set up at PNC Bank in memory of Mike and Angela Hockensmith.

Several Boyle County businesses and schools were put on lockdown following the shooting, but by 1:30 p.m., all schools in Boyle County were no longer on lockdown.

The Hockensmiths purchased ABC Gold, Games and More two months ago.

Melissa Morris, a friend of the Hockensmith family, said she was at the shop Thursday to purchase a birthday gift, which she was supposed to pick up Friday morning.

When Morris did not receive a phone call, she said she knew something was wrong.

Morris said Mike would always come to the store earlier in the day, and Angela would show up a few hours later with her baby and the 9-year-old child, whom she home-schooled.