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Suspect in Mount Airy quadruple slaying captured

Posted November 2, 2009

— A man suspected in the fatal shootings of four men at a Mount Airy television shop has been captured in Virginia.

Mount Airy police said that Marcos Chavez Gonzalez, 29, was arrested early Monday morning at a motel in Henry County, about 50 miles northeast of Mount Airy near the state line.

Police said in a statement that said authorities received information about Gonzalez's whereabouts around 2:30 a.m. He was arrested without incident.

Gonzalez faces four counts of first-degree murder and was being held in the Henry County Jail Monday.

Investigators believe that Gonzalez gunned down four men in the parking lot of Woods TV, on Worth Street in Mount Airy, around 2 p.m. Two men died at the scene, and two died at Northern Surry Hospital.

The victims' names haven't been released, but Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson said they are all from Surry County.

Watson said police don't believe the shootings were random and that the men were at the store for a reason. Details haven't been released.

Gonzalez was convicted of second-degree kidnapping of a minor and second-degree trespassing in 2002, according to state Department of Correction records. He served about 1½ years in prison, then another seven months after violating his parole in 2006.

Mount Airy, with a population of approximately 8,700, is about 40 miles north of the Triad. Andy Griffith is a native of the town, which has built a tourist trade on nostalgia for "The Andy Griffith Show" that continues to thrive in syndication.


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  • rescuefan Nov 3, 2009

    Interesting. New information coming out indicates that it was a domestic situation and not a drug situation. So I guess that proves to the people making racist assumptions yesterday that someone CAN be of hispanic descent and be here legally and not involved in drugs. Hmmmmmm.

  • foetine Nov 2, 2009

    Otis was all about illegal booze in Mayberry. Mixing up Meth is the 21st moonshine. Get with the times, people. Floyd the Barber ain't coming through that door anymore.

  • nuke Nov 2, 2009

    Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language.

    This is from the USCIS website.

  • rescuefan Nov 2, 2009

    The US does not have an official language.

    United States — Official Language: None
    According to

  • HanginTough Nov 2, 2009

    first check immigration dont have ICE - take your behind back over the norder where you came from. we are building a new jail in snow hill on top of the three prisons we have..our normal jail houses maybe 10 to 15 w women housed else where. can you guess who the majority of occupants are...mexicans and is racist if it is true...shouldn't and deport the illegals and get repeat offenders off the streets.

  • BigUNCFan Nov 2, 2009

    Dismald, how appropriate a name as it reflects the tone of your comments. I have multiple degrees and know a couple of languages including spanish but since I live here and English (dispite what our wishy washy govt says) is our official language.

    I resent other people coming here and not learning english and expecting us to cater to that with spanish signs, dmv instructions, ESL schools and other expensive things.

    If I were an expatriate in another country, I would expect to learn the language there and be there with all of my legal documentation.

  • BigUNCFan Nov 2, 2009

    Funny how if you mention that the person was Hispanic, you are labeled by the bleeding hearts as a racist. That is just ridiculous. Maybe instead of calling people who notice trends racists, folks should work in the communities in question to make bad behaviors taboo.

    It can be done. It used to be funny to talk about getting drunk and driving behind the wheel 30 years ago but such jokes now are in poor taste due to agressive campaigns against drunk driving.

    Same to a lesser extent with spanking kids, smoking, etc.

    The leaders in the communities in question should campaign against breaking our laws.

  • bcarolinabreeze Nov 2, 2009

    Obviously good police work involved here. So, I guess no more Barney Fife jokes about small town police forces in NC.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 2, 2009

    I have to agree the censors ARE blocking more than normal. I guess that one bad censor is working today.

    Earlier, I tried to post, and was REJECTED! I simply said that someone, in an earlier post, indicated that the four victims were from another country. I questioned them as to how they know more than the rest of us, as the article says NOTHING about the race of the victims.

  • csplantlover Nov 2, 2009

    All these libs spouting that people are racists have to do is look at statistics and surely they could see where the majority of crime exists and WHY it exists.......illegals and's the only way most of them know how to survive!