A Georgia businessman and philanthropist was shot and killed in a CVS parking lot while he was waiting for his wife to complete her errands inside the pharmacy, police said.
Jack Hough was sitting inside his parked car just outside the Gainesville store around 7:45 p.m. when the shooting occurred, according to the Gainesville Times. Police believe the suspect approached the 73-year-old Air Force veteran in a bid to rob and carjack him.
Following a brief struggle, the attacker fired a gunshot into Hough’s chest. He was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
The gunman managed to flee before first responders arrived on the scene and remains at large. Investigators believe he had a getaway car parked nearby.
A suspect in the shooting has not yet been identified, but witnesses did describe a man wearing all black clothing — including a hoodie and a mask — walking around the parking lot outside the CVS. Authorities have released a grainy surveillance image, asking anyone with information to phone police.
“There are people who know who attacked this man,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish told WSB-TV. “I hope they can’t sleep until they come and let us know what they know.”
Hough was well-known in the community for his charity efforts, including his involvement with “We Care.” He also established a successful business developing and operating food courts in malls and airports all over the nation.