Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp released the information in the form of a statement serving as an update on the case in which James and Janice Harris and James and Peggy Whitley were shot as they played cards at the Harris residence the evening of August 20.
Tripp would not elaborate beyond the statement and declined to answer specific follow-up questions on the matter this morning.
One of the questions involved Mr. Harris being a retired gunsmith and whether Tripp believes the murders were an attempt to stockpile weapons for further gang activity.
The sheriff declined comment on what was missing in the aftermath of the murders and specifically what gang might be involved.
Tripp did say items of value were missing from the residence. “I still stand with the motive being robbery.”
Evidence has been collected from the residence and some of it is forensic evidence.
The sheriff began the statement saying the sheriff’s office, with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and Enfield Police Department continue to investigate the case.
The reward for information stands in excess of $51,000.
The four were shot through a glass door while they sat playing cards at the dining room table. All the victims died at the table after they were shot multiple times.