• Sheriff: Murders of elderly couples playing cards may be gang-related

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    ENFIELD, N.C. - A North Carolina sheriff says a home invasion in which four elderly people were shot and killed may be gang-related, adding that the home may have been targeted.

    [RELATED: 2 elderly couples in NC killed while playing cards, sheriff says]

    Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp provided the update to local media outlets during a briefing on Monday. He provided no additional details.

    Investigators have said the two married couples had been sitting around a kitchen table playing cards when they were killed sometime between Aug. 20 and 21. They were identified as 72-year-old Janice Harris, 88-year-old James Harris, 76-year-old James Whitley, and 67-year-old Peggy Whitley.

    State and federal agencies are working with Tripp's office in the case. A reward in excess of $51,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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