The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a robbery/homicide in southeastern Guilford County.
On Monday, Oct. 4, the department put out a press release asking anyone with information regarding the incident that left one dead to contact the department.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, sheriff’s officials made public only a minimal amount of information pertaining to the event, stating that the department was investigating a homicide reported at 5:30 p.m. the day before. That report only stated that a dead body was discovered in the 7100 block of Shoe Road.
That’s near the intersection of Shoe Road and NC 61, just north of NC 62.
On Oct. 4, the department provided more details. It noted that Guilford County sheriff’s deputies responded to 7102 Shoe Road after a burglary report. Upon arriving, the officers found Christopher Lynn Shoe, a 53-year-old white male who had passed away from what officers believed was a gunshot wound.
The death is still under investigation and the department is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Robertson at 336-641-5969.
People can also call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.
Guilford County, the City of Greensboro and the City of High Point have all been focusing in recent years on efforts to bring down the homicide rates in the two cities and in the county – especially homicides caused by gun violence.
The Guilford County Family Justice Center has reported seeing an increase in family-related violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a study from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice – which looked at crime rates in 34 American cities – found that aggravated assault and gun assault rates were higher in the first quarter of 2021 than in the first quarter of 2020. According to the study, aggravated assault rates rose 7 percent, while gun assault rates went up 22 percent.
The same study found that burglary, non-residential burglary, larceny and drug offense rates dropped by 16 percent, 7 percent, 16 percent and 24 percent respectively for the same periods.