Hickory Police searching for murder suspect

- Hickory Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a man wanted for shooting and killing another man in Hickory early Saturday.

Police say they responded to reports of a shooting in the 1700 block of 16th St NE shortly after midnight.  They located the victim, Roberto Beltran, 37, who was dead due to an apparent gunshot wound. 

Police are looking for the suspect, Manuel Villarreal Jr, 30, of Hickory.  If you know of his whereabouts you're asked to call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

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