CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man is charged with murder in the killings of a mother and son in Catawba County.
Deputies say they were called to White Tail Circle in Conover around 11:44 p.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived, they reported finding 43-year-old Brandi Rodriguez and 24-year-old Jessie Rodriguez dead with gunshot wounds.
Gonzalo Salinas Cisheros, 24, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the case. Cisheros is being held at the Catawba County Detention Center.
“We had two homicides earlier in the year and just overnight we doubled our rate,” said Catawba County Sheriff Brown.
Brown says the group was allegedly using drugs together before the violence started.
On Monday, Cisheros was supposed appear here inside the Catawba County court, however deputies told me he was still too high to appear.
“When you have people like this who lose their life our hearts go out to them,” said Brown.
For neighbors like Felix Flores who've lived here here for a decade... they're making some changes.
“It’s too much to take in all at once, you know, still processing it," said Flores. “I might not sit outside as much as I used to, it’s kind of scary to think about being out here at night.”
Sheriff Brown says a deputy was patroling the area around the time of the shooting and was able to quickly respond.
“They can rest assured our deputies are out there working hard every day,” said Brown.
Catawba County Sheriff says there were only three homicides all of last year which is down from years past.