Ex-Con Charged In 4 Fatal Shootings In 'Mayberry'

Police say a soured love affair may have led to a shooting that left four men dead in the town that inspired the idyllic community of Mayberry on the 1960s TV series "The Andy Griffith Show."

Twenty-nine-year-old Marcos Chavez Gonzalez was charged Monday with four counts of murder in the slayings a day earlier in Mount Airy, about 100 miles north of Charlotte.

The four were shot with a high-powered assault rifle.

Police do not believe the shootings were random. Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson says officers are investigating motives including a contract killing or a love affair gone bad.

State prison records show Gonzalez was released from prison after serving more than two years on a 2002 conviction for kidnapping and a probation violation.

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