Gibbs was located after the shooting thanks to a tip from the public and taken into custody without incident shortly before 10 p.m., Henderson Police Chief Sean McKinney said during a news conference Friday. Gibbs was identified as the shooter by witnesses at the shelter and was armed when he was found.
The wounded men remained hospitalized Friday but were in stable condition, McKinney said.
Gibbs was being held at the Henderson County jail. Online records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.
O’Nan said both Gibbs and the victims were residents of the shelter. Police have not released a motive in the shooting and did not identify the wounded men. Steven Wathen, 67, and Chad Holmes, 44, were killed, police said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Henderson this morning after a senseless act of violence,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted Friday morning. “Britainy and I pray those injured recover quickly and we give thanks to our brave first responders. Henderson, we stand with you.”
Harbor House is described on its Facebook page as a Christian-based homeless shelter and a “safe harbor for men in need.”
Pruitt said Harbor House has been an asset for the community since it opened in 1989, but “tonight puts a scar on that.”
Harbor House resident Brian McClain told the newspaper a church service had just ended and he was resting in a dorm room when a man he believed to be the shooter turned the lights on suddenly.