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Four dead in North Carolina shooting; suspect sought

Emergency officials in Mount Airy, North Carolina, respond to the scene of a shooting where four men were killed.
Emergency officials in Mount Airy, North Carolina, respond to the scene of a shooting where four men were killed.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Four men gathered in a parking lot shot and killed Sunday in Mount Airy
  • Police Chief Dale Watson: "We don't feel that this was a random event"
  • Arrest warrant issued for a suspect identified as Marcus Chavez Gonzalez, 29
  • Watson said all four shooting victims were Hispanic males
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(CNN) -- Four men gathered in a parking lot were shot and killed Sunday in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and a warrant was issued for a suspect, police said.

"We don't feel that this was a random event, if that does help put the community at ease," Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson said at a news conference Sunday night.

He refused to elaborate or identify the victims except to say, "We do have an idea why they were there."

Watson described the victims as "four Hispanic males, all shot," from the surrounding Surry County area. He said two died at the scene while the other two were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Read local coverage from CNN affiliate WXII

The shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. ET in the parking lot of a store that sells satellite dish and cable TV equipment in the town, about 50 miles north of Winston-Salem.

Watson said an arrest warrant charging four counts of murder was issued for a suspect he identified as Marcos Chavez Gonzalez, 29. He said police believe the suspect fled the Mount Airy area in a pickup.

Watson said local and state authorities were searching for the suspect, who was considered "armed and dangerous ... he may be in the possession of an assault rifle."

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