Within hours of the deadly shooting Thursday evening, police had two people in custody. Officers have identified the two victims and a possible motive for their deaths.
The two victims, Serif Hidic, known to friends and co-workers as Sam, and Bob Smoot worked through LCS Logistics. We're told Hidic was the head of a trucking company, Drina Trucking Inc., and Smoot was a dispatcher with the company. They were the only two employees in the building when police say Ronald Hawkinson walked in and shot them.
“The caller never spoke to a dispatcher but the dispatcher could hear arguing in the background. They did hear some popping noises in the background as well,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Cindy Donahue.
Police arrested 39 year old Hawkinson in Winterset, where he lived. He was brought back to Des Moines and charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. His girlfriend Rhonda Plew was also arrested and charged with accessory after the fact. Police say Hawkinson knew the victims -they were his former co-workers.
According to court documents, this wasn't the first argument between Hidic and Hawkinson. Court papers say back in September, Hawkinson borrowed $13,000 from Hidic to buy a truck. The deal was for Hawkinson to use the truck to work for Hidic. When Hawkinson refused to pay back the loan, and used the truck to work for a different company, Hidic sued him.
In addition to the civil action against him, court records also show Hawkinson was charged with domestic assault in 2010. His now ex-wife claimed she was punched and choked by Hawkinson during an argument. Police say their investigation into his latest arrest is far from over.
“We'd like to find the murder weapon. That’s the priority number one for us. I know they're working hard to get that done. Also we're conducting search warrants and vehicles involved and I believe they are still conducting interview,” said Sgt. Donahue.