by Jordan Green


Steven Blackmon, 32, ended up in the hospital after honoring his obligation to help out his girlfriend, who found herself stranded in a car that had run out on Martin Luther King Drive at Interstate 40 in Greensboro at 3 a.m. on May 3. Blackmon showed up at the scene with a can of gasoline and began pouring it into the tank of his girlfriend’s vehicle when 23-year-old Tony Gaither struck him in the face with his fist, knocking him to the ground and causing him to hit his head on the vehicle and the curbing. Having received a message from the passenger in the vehicle indicating that they were stranded, Gaither was also responding to assist the women. Blackmon was taken to the hospital, and was listed in critical but stable condition. Gaither was wanted by the police for assault inflicting serious injury. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.


Winston-Salem police received a phone call from a white man in the early morning hours of May 4 saying he wanted to kill himself. At 2:50 a.m. officers reportedly spotted a green SUV in the parking lot of a BP gas station. Officers stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street. When they did, the driver is said to have placed a gun to his head and again threatened to kill himself. The police set up a perimeter and a public address system that they used to speak to the man. After about 15 minutes, they were able to convince the man that he needed medical treatment. The man then reportedly tossed the handgun out the passenger side window, causing it to discharge when it hit the pavement. The man was taken into custody and transported to Forsyth Medical Center for psychiatric treatment. Officers canvassed the area and determined that no one was hurt by the gunfire.


Winston-Salem police officers responding to a reported shooting on Northwest Boulevard at 1:06 p.m. on May 4 found two white men lying dead on the ground, one on the sidewalk and another on the steps leading to a house. One of the dead men was 59-year-old Randy Buchanan, a Winston-Salem construction inspector who was working in the area. The other was Randy Buchanan’s brother, 50-year-old Tony Guy Buchanan of Mocksville. Police said a family dispute led to the shootings. An autopsy determined that Randy Buchanan died of multiple gunshots while Tony Buchanan died of a single gunshot. Police concluded that Randy Buchanan was the victim of a homicide, and Tony Buchanan took his own life. No suspects are being sought in the matter.


Greensboro police are investigating two separate homicides that took place last week, both involving victims that were young, black men. Shawn Demont Foxworth, 30, and Roy Robinson Jr., 24, were at Club 2-6 on South Eugene Street at 4 a.m. on May 6 when they were reportedly shot by an unknown black man.

Foxworth died at the scene and Robinson was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released with a gunshot wound to his neck. The suspect, who is described as about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and in his mid twenties, was last seen leaving the club in a dark-colored Chrysler. Then, at 11 p.m. on May 8, 29-year-old Ali Christopher Shuff was standing in the breezeway at an apartment complex on Norwalk Street. Shuff was taken to Moses Cone hospital, where he later died. Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.