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Charlotte police: Public shouldn't fear killings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

(AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the public has nothing to fear from a spate of 5 slayings in one week, blaming the deaths on what they called risky lifestyles.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/17EQyV4) that investigators think at least 3 of the killings since Thursday were related to the drug trade.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Kerr Putney told a news conference Tuesday that the other killings were likely the result of disputes between acquaintances prone to violence.

Putney said the deaths brought Charlotte-Mecklenburg's homicide total in 2013 to 35, three more than at the same time last year at this time. The 52 homicides last year were the fewest for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in 24 years, and the city was trending even lower until the recent streak of violence.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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