Police narrow description of Danville pawn shop shooting suspect


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on September 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 9:38 AM

DANVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Danville Police have narrowed the description of the man they believe killed three people Friday at a pawn shop.

“We think he has a dirty gray dingy beard possibly yellow,” Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said.

The coroner said all three victims were shot multiple times. Police said they believe the suspect may have been casing the area the day before the shooting.

Customers said Mike and Angela Hockensmith, the co-owners of ABC Gold, Games and More, opened the pawn shop about a year ago. Police said the third victim, 60 year-old Daniel Smith was a gold and precious metal buyer who made weekly purchases at the shop.

Police have not been able to determine what items, if any, were taken from the store, but they said they believe money was taken from Smith.

“Money that we believe that Mr. Smith should have had on him or in his possession has not been found so we are assuming that it was stolen in the incident. We do not know exactly how much money that is,” Gray said.

At a news conference Monday police did not comment on whether Smith was the intended target.

Police have re-interviewed several witnesses including the murdered couple’s 9-year-old son, who dialed 911.  Witnesses have described the shooter as a heavy-set white man in his 40s or  50s.

Police said the suspect was wearing a green army-style jacket and may have had on black sunglasses. Gray said the shooter may have parked his newer model gray or silver van in the alley leading to the drive through of the dry cleaners next to the pawn shop.

Witnesses told police that vehicle was last seen heading east down Fackler Street.

A $10,000 reward has been set for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.  Anyone with information is asked to call Danville Police at 859-238-1220.

Visitation for the Hockensmiths will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset. The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Graveside services for Smith will be this Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. Visitation will be Wednesday at from 6 to 8 p.m. at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home in Richmond, Ky.