Stockton police: One-third of homicides gang-related

Mallory Hoff (KCRA) | July 29, 2012

STOCKTON, Calif. – In a city that has seen 36 homicides in 2012, new statistics suggest the majority of the homicides in Stockton are not gang related, and almost half have taken place during daylight hours.
Stockton police said 15 of 36 homicides so far this year have taken place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

“It’s definitely concerning,” a Stockton resident told KCRA 3.

Stockton said killers are becoming more bold and brazen.

Stockton, which is seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, has lost 120 officers since 2008.

By this time last year, 10 of 19 homicides were determined to be gang-related. This year, 12 of 36 are the believed to be result of gang activity, police said.

So, what’s driving up the non-gang-related homicide rate?

“It could be the economy,” said Joseph Silva with the Stockton Police Department. “We’ve seen several robberies turn bad and turn into homicides.”

Police are shifting schedules to keep more officers on the streets when crimes are happening.

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