Georgia coroner discovers bodies of his parents and son at scene of apparent robbery, officials say

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All three were shot, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirmed Saturday.

The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m., the Grantville Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. Grantville is about 50 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Grantville Police Chief Steve Whitlock identified the victims as Tommy Hawk, his wife Evelyn and their 19-year-old grandson, Luke.

Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk was among the first people to arrive at the scene and discovered the bodies, according to the police chief.

The coroner confirmed the three deaths to CNN Friday evening.

Multiple agencies investigating

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday authorized a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the triple murder, adding to the $15,000 reward announced Saturday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which is investigating due to the number of weapons stolen.

Kemp’s announcement came in a tweet from his official account.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the City of Grantville and NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, according to a release from the bureau.

“Unknown individual(s) brutally murdered the owner of Lock, Stock, and Barrel Shooting Range Inc., and two family members on the evening of Friday, April 8, 2022, during an apparent armed robbery,” read an AFT news release.

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“The brutality of these senseless murders along with the fact that these killer(s) have acquired additional firearms make solving this case our top priority,” ATF Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge Benjamin P. Gibbons said in the statement.

“The GBI, ATF, & Grantville P.D. are seeking information about a robbery & triple homicide in Grantville,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a tweet.

“On Friday, April 8, 2022, three individuals were shot and killed at the Lock Stock & Barrel Shooting Range on 514 Bohannon Road., Grantville, Georgia. Weapons were also taken from the scene,” GBI added.

Officers were dispatched to the range shortly after 8 p.m., where about 40 weapons and a camera DVR were apparently stolen from the scene, according to police. Members of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Department are also assisting.

Authorities are asking anyone who drove by the range between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday — who may have seen vehicles other than a white Ford dual-rear-wheel truck and a black Ford Expedition — to contact them.

“ATF and our law enforcement partners will work tirelessly to bring the killer(s) to justice,” said Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge Benjamin P. Gibbons.

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CNN’s Michelle Watson, Sharif Paget, Nick Valencia and Chris Youd contributed to this report.

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