It has been a deadly December in Greensboro.
Authorities say that in the first eight days of the month, there have been seven homicides. That's more murders than the city has detectives.
Police said six men were shot and another man was stabbed. All but two are linked to drug or gang activity.
So far this year, Greensboro has reported 32 homicides, which is slightly above the five-year average. But the recent killings are prompting city leaders to meet with police officials to find ways to cut down on violent crime.
Captain Gary Hastings is commander of the police department's criminal investigation division. He says the recent homicides reflect a culture that promotes violence, and aren't a direct reflection on police.
He said police can respond to a pattern of crime but can't prevent one armed person from getting angry at another.