Halifax County Sheriff: Reason to believe quadruple murder gang related

Four elderly individuals were killed in this home in Halifax County either late Sunday or early Monday morning. (Angelica Alvarez/WTVD)

HALIFAX COUNTY (WTVD) - Authorities in Halifax County say they believe a August home invasion in which four elderly people were shot and killed was gang related.

On August 21, James Harris, 88, Janice Harris, 72, James Whitley, 76, and his wife Peggy Jo, 67, were found shot to death inside the Harris' home on Fishing Creek Road in the rural Glenview community near Enfield.

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Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said Monday that they "have reason to believe these cases are gang related and the residence was specifically targeted." Tripp also said authorities have collected evidence, some of which is forensic evidence. A reward for information in the case is now in excess of $51,000. A fund has also been set up to defray medical costs for a dog which belonged to Janice and James Harris and was injured during the attack. Investigators have said the two married couples had been sitting around a kitchen table playing cards when they were killed sometime between August 20 and 21. The NC SBI, ATF, FBI and the Enfield Police Department is assisting in the investigation.