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Victim identities, suspect information released in Danville store shooting

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The victim's identities were released in a press conference held by Danville police Friday afternoon. The victim's identities were released in a press conference held by Danville police Friday afternoon.

DANVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The identities of three people who were shot and killed inside of a Danville store were released in a press conference held by Danville police Friday afternoon.

According to police, at 9:17 a.m. Michael and Angela Hockensmith, of Lincoln County, were killed inside their business, ABC Gold Games and More, along with a third victim, Daniel Smith of Richmond.

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Police said they responded to the business after a 9-year-old boy called 911 and told police there was a robbery that led to the shootings. Steve Devine, who owned the store along with the Hockensmiths, called the boy his hero and said he also carried his younger sister into a store office to get her away from danger. 

When officers arrived at the scene they found the front door was locked and broke the glass to get inside. Once inside officers discovered the Hockensmiths' two children were unharmed inside the shop. The children are now with their grandparents, police said.

As of late Friday afternoon, Devine said the murder of his coworkers still had not set in.

"I can't tell you the last time someone was murdered, or any violent crime (in Danville)," he said. "To have something like this hit home, I'm still in a haze."

The shooting also caused panic at nearby Centre College prompting administrators to place the campus on lock down for about 2 hours. Those at the college were alerted of the lockdown via text alert.

"All of a sudden, all of our phones started going off at the same time," said Centre College Junior Olivia Kernekin. "We didn't really know a lot of details (about the murders) until after the lockdown."

Even though the immediate details weren't clear, Kernekin said she felt safe because of the multiple alerts the college administrators sent.

Danville police said they are searching for a suspect who is described as a heavyset man, estimated to be between 40 and 50 years of age and possibly wearing a green, camouflage jacket.

Friends of the family have set up a memorial fund in the name of Michael and Angela Hockensmith. People wishing to donate may do so at any PNC bank location, Devine said.

Danville police said the ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Danville police at (859) 238-1220.

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