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Fayetteville announces task force on gun violence

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Fayetteville police have formed a task force in an attempt to curb the recent increase in local gun violence.

Officials held a news conference Thursday to address concerns about the shootings, including three incidents at the same convenience store. A 67-year-old man was robbed and shot to death, and two suspects have been arrested in the case.

Interim Police Chief Katherine Bryant quietly launched the 15-person task force in September after noticing an increase in gun-related police calls and in anticipation of a typical surge in crime during the holidays.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that City Manager Ted Voorhees openly discussed his concern over the increase in violence in Fayetteville during Monday's city council meeting.

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