Two Suspects In Custody After Fatal Shooting

by Mackenzie Stasko on October 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

What started out as breakfast, ended in a fatal shooting.

At 9:45 a.m. Thursday morning, Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call about gunfire at the Burger King on Maysville Pike. When deputies arrived, they found 61-year-old Charles M. Hooper lying on the floor. The Zanesville man and Burger King regular was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff Matt Lutz says Hooper was killed in front of customers and Burger King employees.

"I believe we had three at one table and then we had a couple other standing at the counter waiting to order and of course the employees," said Sheriff Lutz.

After talking to witnesses, an investigation was started and authorities had a lead on possible suspects.

"We did develop a suspect out of the investigation. We also developed several suspect vehicles that this suspect could be in."

Two hours after the shooting, at 12:15 p.m. Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Bruce Maclaine spotted one of the suspected vehicles. Following the shooting, law enforcement found the suspect hiding out on Hideaway Lane. Two male suspects were taken into custody and the vehicle they were found in, was impounded. Sheriff Lutz says at this time, no other details can be released.

"Obviously these are delicate situations, delicate cases and we have suspects here to interview and obviously we have a homicide that we’re investigating that will possibly go to trial."

As far as what the motive was, Sheriff Lutz says investigators are in the process of piecing together what led to the shooting.

"Every person you talk to turns into five more. And then every five more you get, it turns into five more and now you’re at 25. So they’re just like tree branches and we don’t like to comment on things until we’re concrete on it."

The Sheriff’s Office has a policy to not release any names until formal charges have been filed.