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Suspect in Hickory shooting caught at car dealership, police say

A man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting was captured at a car dealership on US 70 in Hickory Sunday night, detectives said.

HICKORY, N.C. — A man was shot and killed in Hickory Sunday night, police said. 

The Hickory Police Department was called to a reported shooting in the 300 block of 14th Avenue Southwest, a block away from Southside Heights Park, around 10 p.m. Sunday. When officers got to the area, they found the victim, 43-year-old Christopher Woods, dead from multiple gunshots. 

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Deputies quickly identified Az Thor as the suspect in the case. Thor allegedly ran from the scene before officers arrived. Thor was caught at a car dealership along US 70 in Hickory shortly after that time. He was arrested by a Catawba County deputy and Hickory police officers. 

Thor was charged with murder and is being held without bond. 

No further information was released by investigators. 

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