Stockton's homicide rate doubles last year's numbers

11:32 PM, Mar 19, 2012   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - A violent weekend adds to Stockton's climbing homicide rate, which currently stands at more than double the number of murders from the same time last year.

"This year to date, Stockton police are investigating 12 homicides," Det. Joe Silva said. "Last year, at this time, we had five."

On Saturday afternoon, two men were killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting in a north Stockton neighborhood.

A few hours later, two more people were shot outside of the West Lane bar, Naturalz. One man died after being transported to a local hospital. A second man survived multiple gunshot wounds.

"That one, we're still trying to determine if it is gang-related," Silva said. "We know some individuals that were part of the suspect group have gang ties."

Police have not made any arrests in either shooting.

In January, the city announced community board members tasked with finding answers to the city's crime problems called the Marshall Plan. Stockton City Hall said the Marshall Plan committee has its first meeting in April.

Last year, Stockton had 58 unjustifiable homicides, the highest murder rate the city had ever seen in a single year.

Police fear 2012 may be more deadly.


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