- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have investigated more killings this year than in all of 2014.

The Charlotte Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1i0bGjs) that officers have investigated 43 killings this year. That’s one more than were reported last year.

Five people were killed in a two-day period over the Labor Day weekend. Police thing those killings are gang-related although several of the victims were innocent people caught in crossfire.

Police have made arrests in 28 of the killings.

Investigators say five of the killings have been domestic violence homicides.

Three of the killings involved more than one victim. Police say all three of those had some drug connections.

African-Americans make up just more than one-third of Charlotte’s population, but two thirds of those killed were black.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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