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Manhunt is on for killer of two at The Homestead

A hotel employee is being sought after allegedly shooting two co-workers to death at The Homestead resort.

An arrest warrant for capital murder has been issued for Beacher F. Hackney of Covington, reports The Roanoke Times. Hackney is a steward in the resort’s main kitchen, where authorities believe he used a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol to shoot Ronnie Stinnett and Dwight Kerr about 8 p.m. Saturday. Police have not determined a motive but believe the shootings were planned.

Hackney fled on foot, and was last seen going south on U.S. 220, the Bath County sheriff’s department reports. His vehicle has been recovered, but police believe he is still in possession of his weapon.

Authorities continue searching the nearby wooded, mountainous area using a helicopter, tracking dogs and all-terrain vehicles. The U.S. Forest Service, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia State Police, and the Highland County and Alleghany County sheriffs’ offices are assisting Bath County authorities with the search.

State troopers have also set up several checkpoints along U.S. 220.

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