Food Lion suspect (copy)

An unidentified man leaves a Greensboro Food Lion after police said he fatally shot a security guard.

Updated 9:11 p.m.

GREENSBORO — Police charged a 16-year-old high school student Tuesday in the Oct. 8 shooting death of a grocery store security guard.

Nature Maurice Williams of 1151 Langston Drive in Greensboro was arrested without incident at his home, police said in a news release. He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 51-year-old Anthony Charles Smith of Winston-Salem.

Smith, a security guard with Guard-One Security, was shot once in the back of the head while working at the Food Lion at 2316 E. Market St., police said.

Police said a man walked into the store, shot Smith and stole his weapon. He took nothing else.

Smith was found unresponsive inside the front of the grocery store about 7:30 p.m. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The shooting caused such panic in the store some people fled still carrying food, according to 911 calls.

Police said tips from the community led them to Williams.

They do not have a motive in the shooting.

"We are trying to encourage anyone who may have been there or who knows Mr. Williams to call us with information," said Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen.

Williams, who police said attends Eastern Guilford High School, is also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon after taking Smith's gun after the shooting, police said. That gun has not been recovered.

Officials at Guilford County Schools were not immediately able to say how long he had been a student at the school or if he belonged to any clubs. Chief of Staff Nora Carr said they could not release any student discipline records.

"We were already deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life in our community," she said. "This latest news simply compounds the tragedy."

Williams will be housed at the jail in High Point, according to Lt. A. Whitley with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office. The facility is where all juvenile offenders are sent, he said.

"When they come to the Greensboro jail, they are put in a cell by themselves before they are sent to High Point," Whitley said. "Once they get there, they may be in a cell by themselves or with another inmate and that could be another juvenile or an adult."

Williams' bail had not been set as of late Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Greensboro police detective AR Hinson at (336) 574-4004 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.

Smith, who had been a security guard most of his adult life, is survived by his wife and two children.

A fundraising page has been set up to help the family: www.gofundme.com/anthonycsmith.


GREENSBORO — A high school student was arrested today and charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Food Lion security guard Anthony Charles Smith, Greensboro police announced.

Nature Maurice Williams, 16, a student at Eastern Guilford High School, was taken into custody without incident from his home at 1151 Langston Drive at about 4 p.m., police said in a news release.

"Tips from the public spurred by extensive media coverage of the shooting assisted detectives in connecting Williams to the shooting that occurred at the Food Lion on 2316 E. Market Street," the news release said.

Anthony Smith

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Anthony Smith, a Food Lion security guard from Winston-Salem who was killed Saturday in Greensboro.

Anthony Charles Smith, 51, of Winston-Salem was shot once in the back of the head on Oct. 8, police said. The Guard-One security guard died at the hospital.

Williams is also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Police said he took Smith’s firearm, which has not been recovered.

Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. They ask anyone who knows Williams, or has knowledge of the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000, or Detective AR Hinson at (336) 574-4004.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation and apprehension.

Williams’ bail has not yet been set.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to help Smith's family.

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Contact Andre Taylor at (336) 373-3465 and follow @andretaylorNR on Twitter.

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