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State Police identify I-77 shooting suspects

WYTHEVILLE – Virginia State Police are searching for two North Carolina men who have been charged with shooting three tractor-trailer trucks on Interstate 77 in mid-April.
Leon Rubio-Gonzalez, 26, of Boone, N.C., and his brother, Emilio Rubio-Gonzalez, 24, of Kernersville, N.C., each face two counts of attempted murder, three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Authorities attribute their ability to identify suspects in the April 16 incidents to recent media attention and input from the public.
According to State Police, three tractor-trailers were struck by gunfire while traveling southbound on I-77 in Carroll County, near the North Carolina border. According to the drivers, who were not injured, the suspect vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed with its headlights turned off when the shootings occurred.
State police investigators are attempting to locate the two suspects, whom they believe may still be in North Carolina. They also have known ties to Texas.
Leon is about 5 feet 4 inches in height, while Emilio is 5 feet 2 inches.
The suspect vehicle, an early 1990s sedan, has been recovered in North Carolina.
Virginia State Police are being assisted by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and Kernersville Police Department in North Carolina, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact the Virginia State Police at (276) 228-3131 or, if in Virginia, toll-free at 1-800-542-8716. Tips can also be sent to bci-wytheville@vsp.Virginia.gov.

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State Police identify I-77 shooting suspects

WYTHEVILLE – Virginia State Police are searching for two North Carolina men who have been charged with shooting three tractor-trailer trucks on Interstate 77 in mid-April.
Leon Rubio-Gonzalez, 26, of Boone, N.C., and his brother, Emilio Rubio-Gonzalez, 24, of Kernersville, N.C., each face two counts of attempted murder, three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Authorities attribute their ability to identify suspects in the April 16 incidents to recent media attention and input from the public.
According to State Police, three tractor-trailers were struck by gunfire while traveling southbound on I-77 in Carroll County, near the North Carolina border. According to the drivers, who were not injured, the suspect vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed with its headlights turned off when the shootings occurred.
State police investigators are attempting to locate the two suspects, whom they believe may still be in North Carolina. They also have known ties to Texas.
Leon is about 5 feet 4 inches in height, while Emilio is 5 feet 2 inches.
The suspect vehicle, an early 1990s sedan, has been recovered in North Carolina.
Virginia State Police are being assisted by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and Kernersville Police Department in North Carolina, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact the Virginia State Police at (276) 228-3131 or, if in Virginia, toll-free at 1-800-542-8716. Tips can also be sent to bci-wytheville@vsp.Virginia.gov.

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