Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman has confirmed that a man and a woman were found shot to death inside a county residence this morning. Officers conducted a welfare check at a home located off Shook Lane south of Taylorsville. When the deputies entered the residence they found a man and a woman deceased. Sheriff Bowman identified the victims as 47 year old Chuck Smith and 41 year old Heddy Blankenship. Bowman says the couple had been living at the residence and the shooting took place within the past 24 hours. Indications are that Smith killed Blankenship with a gunshot to her head and then turned the weapon on himself. A handgun was found in the home. At this time no other suspects are being pursued although the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Bowman said that to his knowledge there had been no law enforcement issues with the couple in the past. Autopsies will be performed Thursday at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem.