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Surge in Suspected Gang-Related Violence in San Jose

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    San Jose police saw a spike in suspected gang-related violence over the Fourth of July weekend. Robert Handa reports. (Published Monday, July 6, 2015)

    San Jose police saw a spike in suspected gang-related violence over the Fourth of July weekend. Gang specialists were called back on duty due to the increase in violence and concern about retaliation.

    Several suspected gang-related crimes took place on Sunday. Police records show a person was shot several times on Poco Way and another victim was stabbed multiple times on Nieman Boulevard. An eastside auto parts store was also robbed at gunpoint, according to San Jose police records. 

    While gang-related crime figures showed a downward trend heading into summer, Mayor Sam Liccardo is disappointed and concerned about the recent surge.

    "We’re all on high alert," Liccardo said. "Certainly in the summer time, it's not unusual we see these spikes of gang activity. That's why we've really doubled down on gang prevention and intervention strategies right now."

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