Smithfield, N.C. — Two men died Friday afternoon on Hillcrest Road in Smithfield in a shooting the Johnston County Sheriff's Office is investigating as a murder-suicide.
Deputies have not released the names of the dead or a possible motive for the shootings, but family members identified one man – the homeowner – as Craig Baker.
Sheriff Steve Bizzell said someone called 911 at 1:41 p.m. and reported a murder-suicide. Investigators believe it might have been Baker who made the emergency call before shooting himself.
Deputies arrived within minutes and found a man shot dead in the front yard.
Deputies then found Baker in the back of the property, lying on a homemade trailer. He had been shot, and a weapon was beside him, Bizzell said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
The two men knew each other, but their relationship was not released.
Baker's twin brother, Greg Baker, said the shooting is a tragedy.
He declined to comment on how Craig Baker knew the victim, but said, "We make mistakes. We get involved in things we should not get involved with."
Greg Baker said his brother will be sorely missed by his family and his wife.
"He had a wife that loved him to death (and) he loved her," Greg Baker said.
Craig Baker was an actor in several plays at the Neuse Little Theater, friends said.
"He was fantastic on stage. He loved the theater," said Kate Worley, adding that Craig Baker was a mentor to her.
"He was like a father to me," she said. "He brought joy everywhere he went."