On Saturday November 19, 2022 at 01:00 officers with the Marion Police Department
responded to Grandview Station Shopping Center, 2875 Sugar Hill Road (Wal-Mart) in
Marion, in reference to a stabbing. Upon officer’s arrival, it was discovered that Alfredo
Guardian Magana 45yoa, of Marion had been critically injured in altercation involving a
knife. Alfredo was found lying in the side parking lot of the shopping center near the
Grocery pickup area.
McDowell Count EMS immediately began life saving measures on Magana, however
those efforts were unsuccessful and he died on the scene. Investigators with the Marion
Police Department as well as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations began the
process of working the crime scene to determine what took place.
Preliminary investigation into this incident has revealed that two vehicles with
approximately nine people total, met in the parking lot of the shopping center. This
meeting was apparently to settle an unknown dispute. During this encounter, several
people exited a Ford pickup truck that Alfredo had arrived in, and confronted the other
individuals in a Chevrolet pickup truck. Alfredo and others began to yell and bang on the
Chevrolet truck that contained the suspect, later identified as Salvador Romero Magana.
At that point Alfredo and a few others approached the driver’s side door of Salvador’s
truck and started a physical altercation through the window.
At some point in the altercation Salvador brandished a large knife while still seated in his
vehicle and began stabbing Alfredo. As Alfredo fell to the ground, Salvador fled the
scene in the Chevrolet pickup truck. As he was attempting to leave, Salvador ran over
Alfredo with his vehicle while he was lying on the ground. Salvador exited the parking
lot and has not been seen since. It is unclear at this time what the argument and
altercation was about between the individuals involved.
The Marion Police Department has secured Second Degree Murder warrants for Salvador
Romero Magana of Spruce Pine NC at this point in the investigation. Salvador is a 150lb,
5’7’’ Hispanic Male 38 years of age and may be operating a white in color Chevrolet Z-
71 Silverado unknown tag number or direction of travel. If anyone should come in contact with Salvador, they are to call 911, Marion Police at 828-652-400, or their local
law enforcement agency to report the sighting Salvador should not be approached.
The Marion Police Department would like to thank the McDowell County Sheriff’s
Office and NC Alcohol Law Enforcement for their assistance in this investigation.
Authority Chief Allen Lawrence