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Security guard killed on the job remembered as devoted father, husband, ‘always smiling’

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A husband, father and security guard, those who knew Anthony Smith remember him as contagiously happy.

"He was the nicest guy," said Rebecca Wellborn, who works at a Food Lion in Greensboro where Smith was sometimes stationed. "He was bubbly, always had a smile. Always made everybody laugh."

Smith was shot on the job Saturday evening while working at a Food Lion on East Market Street in Greensboro.

An employee of Guard One security company, Wellborn said Smith would work at different Food Lions around the area.

"Everybody was like 'yes' when we saw him come in," Wellborn said. "Because we knew it was going to be a good night. Because he would make us laugh."

A GoFundMe page created for Smith said the 51-year-old was married with two children, one a freshman in high school and one a student at UNCG.

Greensboro police said when the shooting happened, many shoppers at the Food Lion ran away.

Now, they're hoping those shoppers will call police to help them identify the suspect, who right now is described as in his early 30s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, a black hat, and Nike sneakers.

Police said, at this point, they do not know if the shooting was random. Wellborn said it had to be -- because he was too loved for someone to want to hurt him.

"I think it was random," she said. "There's no way he could be targeted."

If you were in the Food Lion when the shooting happened, or have any other information, you can call Crimestoppers at (336) 373-1000 or Detective A.R. Hinson at (336) 574-4004.