Jacob Muse

16-count Indictment for Alleged Murderer Who Shot Beloved Grandparents & Grandson, Killing Them at Family Business

A Georgia man is facing 16 felony counts after allegedly shooting and killing a family earlier this year at a family-owned gun range in Coweta County.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jacob Christian Muse, 21, of College Park, was initially charged with three counts of malice murder in connection with the April 8 killings of three members of the Hawk family at the Lock Stock and Barrel Shooting Range.

Inside, 71-year-old Thomas Richard Hawk Sr., his wife, Evelyn Hawk, and their 19-year-old grandson, Luke Hawk, were found shot to death. Grantville police said Muse “frequented the store a good bit” and knew the victims.

At a court hearing week, additional charges were read against Muse, following a Coweta County grand jury indictment. NBC’s 11Alive reports that in addition to malice murder, Muse is also facing:

  • Felony murder
  • Aggravated assault
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Armed robbery

Luke was at the range helping his grandparents while home from college on spring break, according to prosecutors. Richard Hawk, Luke’s father, went to check on his son and parents after they failed to return home.

Richard drove to the shooting range and discovered the bodies, which were located on the floor several steps away from each other. Richard subsequently called 911, prompting a large law enforcement response.

Police secured search warrants around midnight and started processing the crime scene. Dozens of guns and a store security camera recording were stolen, police said.

The couple usually worked the store themselves and did not have employees. Thomas had previously suffered a stroke and was in the process of returning to a full-time schedule.

Grantville Police Chief Steve Whitlock told WSB-TV that he’s known the Hawk family for a long time and said he’s devastated by the deaths.

Muse remains behind bars without bail. Check back for updates.

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