State News

Suspect in Mount Airy quadruple slaying captured

Posted November 2, 2009 5:04 a.m. EST
Updated November 2, 2009 8:27 a.m. EST

— 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.