Three suspects arrested, victim identified in Winston-Salem homicide

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a woman who was murdered late Thursday at a home on Magnolia Street in Winston-Salem.

A man told police he was at a home at 700 Magnolia Street with his mother when two men broke into the home around 11:30 p.m.

Shelia Pace Gooden, of 700 Magnolia Street, was shot multiple times during the incident. She died at the scene.

The son said he escaped out the back door and called the police. Officers said they arrived within “seconds” and surrounded the house, but said the suspects had already fled the area.

A family friend told FOX8, “(The victim’s son) just turned 20 and watched his mother die. She was his only family.”

Around 3 p.m. Friday, police announced two suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Daniel Aaron Benson, 22, of 5031 Stock Dale Place, Steven George Assimos, 21, of 2024 Colonial Place, and Anthony Vinh Nguyen have been charged with first degree murder, first degree burglary and first degree kidnapping.

Both suspects were arrested without incident. They will both appear in court on Nov. 7.

Police could not comment on whether or not the incident was random.

No other information has been released. Photos of the suspects will not be released at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 727-2800.