Stockton Still Violent, But the Numbers are Down

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Police detectives are looking for clues to the shooting death found at the corner of South Sutter Street and East 1st Street, just south of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Family members say they don’t know why 47-year-old Primo Martinez was killed. One of his daughters helped put a small white cross at the site of the shooting.

Despite the personal loss by family members, it is just the 11th homicide this year in Stockton.

Last year there was a record 72 murders. Police say a crackdown on habitual felons by local authorities and federal agents have reduced violent crime.

“I think there is a difference, we wouldn’t be at this park playing softball a year ago,” said Carolina Villapudua, whose large family was playing in a park not far from the shooting.

FBI crime numbers show that Stockton is the second most dangerous city in California, but the statistics are a year old.

It may take more time to spruce up the image of a city that has had a long reputation for street violence.

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