Police Marksmen Test Mettle At N.C. Sniper Shoot

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Police snipers don't usually like crowds around as they do their jobs, but they're making an exception in one North Carolina city.

More than three dozen police and military SWAT teams are competing in the third annual Gastonia Police Department sniper conference.

Their shooting skills will be on exhibit Saturday for the last day of the four-day exercise.

Organizers saved the best for last with the sniper obstacle course, which challenges marksmen to climb a tower, scale chain-link fences and fire at targets that simulate hostage situations.

Spectators can also test their shooting skills.

Events are planned for children and adults on Saturday, with weapons, ammunition and protective gear provided.

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