Hamilton police Chief Ronnie Vickery told WBRC in Birmingham that many divorced couples use the police department's parking lot to drop off or pick up their children for visitation because it is considered a safe place.
No additional details were released Tuesday.
Hamilton is a small city located in northwest Alabama, about 100 miles from Birmingham. According to Cochran's Facebook page, he works as a manager at an auto parts store there.
His timeline includes several gun-related posts over the past few months, including a Dec. 12 post about a study on how California’s background checks impact, or fail to impact, gun deaths in the state.
His last post, made three days before the slaying, was about gift certificates to a gun shop as a last-minute Christmas gift idea.