Black Mountain man slain in Swannanoa, 1 of 2 Buncombe homicides Nov. 18

Shelby Harris
Asheville Citizen Times

Two separate homicides occurred in Buncombe County the morning of Nov. 18, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

Buncombe County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call about a gunshot victim at East Asheville Storage on U.S. 70 in Swannanoa at 10:30 a.m. 

The Sheriff's Office revealed on Twitter that the deceased is Gregory Alan Gaines of Black Mountain. 

Gaines, originally of Traverse City, Michigan, lived in Western North Carolina since 1980, family friend Monica Simpson told the Citizen Times. He had a wife and six children. 

"He loved his children, and he loved me," Simpson said. "He was a good man."

Randall Scott McCaul, of Buncombe County, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny of a firearm. He is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility under no bond, meaning he is not eligible for pre-trial release.

According to another tweet, McCaul and Gaines knew each other, and the shooting was "the result of a dispute."

Earlier, around 8:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a gunshot victim at an apartment complex on Christ School Road in Arden. Law enforcement identified the victim as 29-year-old Kedrick Tevon Green.

"He was found deceased in his vehicle from a gunshot wound at close range. An autopsy will be conducted," the Sheriff's Office tweeted.

 Detectives and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants and conducted a K-9 search at the crime scene, according to a BCSO tweet

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The Nov. 18 homicides mark the fourth and fifth investigated in 2021 by the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office. 

Boyce Shane Plemmons, 44, was shot to death Sept. 26 at a residence on Dryman Mountain Road. Three people have been charged with murder in his death.

Joshua Silvers, 27, was shot and killed outside a home on Davis Drive in Candler just after midnight on July 26. Three people, including Silvers' girlfriend, were charged with first-degree murder.

Belva Smeltzer, 67, was shot and killed inside her home Jan. 12. Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged 74-year-old Ronald Haynes with first-degree murder in her killing.

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