The suspect recently arrested in the Hawk family slayings was previously a resident of Grantville, authorities claim.
Jacob Christian Muse, 21, of College Park, Georgia is charged with three counts of malice murder in connection with the April 8, 2022, triple homicide at the Lock, Stock & Barrel Shooting Range in Grantville.
During the investigation, authorities said Muse was developed as a potential suspect.
During a search warrant conducted at his College Park residence last Friday, investigators located a number of handguns and long guns that were stolen from the Lock, Stock & Barrel Shooting Range, according to Grantville Police Chief Steve Whitlock.
Muse is currently the only person arrested in this case, but Whitlock said that is subject to change based on the investigation.
During the investigation, agents learned that Muse was a former resident of Grantville, and also a customer of the shooting range, having purchased at least one gun from the store and spent time using the firing range, Whitlock said.
Authorities said the case remains ongoing.
On Saturday, the Hawk family reacted to the news of the arrest, sharing their appreciation for the efforts of local law enforcement including the Grantville Police and Coweta County Sheriff's department, as well as the ATF and GBI.
"We understand from Chief Steve Whitlock that the current development with the murder suspect in custody was certainly a team effort. We are continuing to pray for their teams during this stressful time, and we will continue to pray for the redemption of the perpetrator," the statement read.
"Thank you again, to the City of Grantville and the community at large for such an outpouring of love and support. It is so meaningful that so many in our community cherished them as we did and have helped to shine a light in the darkness.
Tommy, Evelyn and Luke Hawk have been laid to rest but, we will certainly see them again."
The triple homicide happened Friday, April 8, 2022, in Grantville. At 8:08 pm, the Grantville Police Department responded to a 911 call from Coweta County Coroner Tommy Richard Hawk, Jr. at the Lock Stock and Barrel Shooting Range.
Tommy Richard Hawk Sr., Evelyn Hawk, both 75, and their grandson, Alexander Luke Hawk, 17, were found shot to death inside of the family business.