Suspect sought in Food Lion security guard murder
The Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has released photos and new details regarding the homicide of Anthony Charles Smith, and is continuing to encourage the community to assist in the identification of the offender.
At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, officers responded to the Food Lion located at 2316 East Market Street on a reported shooting. Upon arrival, they located 51- year- old Anthony Charles Smith lying unresponsive in the vestibule of the store, suffering from a gunshot wound. Smith was employed by Guard One Security and was working as an armed uniformed security guard at the time of the shooting. He was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries and died upon arrival. An autopsy was conducted today in Raleigh, NC and concluded that the victim died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Through investigation, it was determined that a lone suspect approached the store on foot and entered the store, armed with a handgun. He immediately approached Smith and shot him at close range. After shooting Smith, the suspect removed Smith’s service weapon from its holster and fled the scene on foot with Smith’s firearm. The investigation has determined that there was no apparent attempt by the suspect to rob the business or any other individual inside the store prior to fleeing the scene. There was also no reported, or observed, disturbance inside of the store involving the victim prior to the shooting.
The suspect is described as a light skinned heavy set black male in his early 30’s. He is approximately 5’10”-6’ tall and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black hat, and Nike sneakers. A cloth covering also partially concealed his face. Witness interviews determined that the suspect continued on foot, running south on S. English Street from the scene.
At the time of the shooting, numerous employees and customers either fled to the rear of the store, or left the scene prior to police arrival. Investigators are continuing to request that any persons inside of the store between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. who observed the shooting, or may have seen the suspect, to please either call Crimestoppers (336) 373-1000 or Detective A.R Hinson (336) 574-4004. (Source: GPD)