San Jose Marks 46 Homicides, Oakland Marks 131 | NBC Bay Area

San Jose Marks 46 Homicides, Oakland Marks 131

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    San Jose marked its 46th homicide on Monday, and Oakland marked its 131st homicide of 2012. NBC Bay Area's Kim Tere reports. (Published Monday, Dec. 31, 2012)

    San Jose police are investigating the city’s 46th homicide of the year, where a man was reported shot to death Monday morning at the Summer Breeze Apartments.

    In a brief statement, police said the shooting was called in to the dispatch center about 9:30 a.m. in apartment complex on the 200 block of Lewis Road.  When police arrived, they found that a man had been shot once. Paramedics performed CPR but the man was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. 

    Lt. Tim Kuchak told NBC Bay Area that two people had been detained, but he stopped short of saying they were arrested in connection with the shooting. He said the shooting occurred in the underground parking area of the complex and that the motive behind the shooting remains under investigation. 

    San Jose's highest homicide count was in 1991, when there were 53 homicides. There were 40 homicides last year. The city's 45th homicide victim died Dec. 21, when a man was found suffering from a fatal stab wound at the San Jose Municipal Golf Course.

    Oakland is also suffering a high number of homicides this year, as well: the highest number since 2006.

    At a news conference on Monday, Police Chief Howard Jordan said he was "deeply embarrassed" that Sunday marked the city's 131st homicide. That's when a 15-year-old girl identified as Jubrille Jordan, a sophomore at Life Academy,  was killed at the Lion Creek Crossing housing complex in the 6600 block of Lion Way. A 14-year-old boy was injured in that attack, but he is expected to survive.

    Jordan said of those high numbers, 12 were children and five were women in domestic violence situations. He announced a change in Oakland policy, too, where new officers would now have to be 25 years old instead of 21 before getting hired.

    On Monday, a small memorial with stuffed animals and candles sprouted up where Jubrielle was killed.

    NBC Bay Area's Alan Waples and Kim Tere contributed to this report.

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