The small town of Whitsett in eastern Guilford County was the scene of an apparent domestic violence incident this weekend that left two dead.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that, on Sunday, Nov. 19, sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence at 6523 Donahue Dr. in Whitsett in response to a domestic dispute.
When they arrived, at approximately 6 p.m., the deputies discovered two dead; both deaths were the result of gunshot wounds.
The victims were identified as 38-year-old Kimberly Denise Smith and 40-year-old Kevin Michael Smith.
Currently, the department is very scarce on details.
A statement from the Sheriff’s Department, sent out at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, stated that this is an active and “ongoing homicide investigation,” but added that there is no immediate threat to the community.
It also stated, “The Sheriff’s Office is not currently seeking a suspect.”
Department officials would not elaborate; however, the fact that no suspect is being sought and investigators see no threat to the community strongly suggest that they suspect this is an incidence of murder-suicide.
“There is currently no further information to share regarding this ongoing investigation,” the statement from the department reads.
Anyone who has information regarding the domestic dispute or the shooting is being asked to contact Detective J. Allen at 336-641-2799 or call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.
When the Rhino Times asked Allen if this was indeed suspected to be a murder-suicide, he said he could not comment at this time.
“We’re at the very beginning of the investigation,” he said.
He did say that there didn’t appear to be a threat to the community.
“This appears to be an isolated incident,” he noted.
Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Bria Evans also said she couldn’t comment on whether this was thought to be a murder-suicide, however, she did reiterate that there was no threat to the community.
Shootings this year and in recent years have been all too common in Guilford County’s two cities – Greensboro and High Point – but are less common in the county’s small towns like Whitsett, which occupies an area of less than 3 square miles and has a population of under 600.