The San Jose Police Department said Monday that a program implemented this summer to reduce gang-related crime has led to an overall 20 percent reduction in crime from last year.
The rise of graffiti has become an escalating battle for city of San Jose, but a new method of reporting has citizens effectively striking back at the blight. Non-city agencies have also stepped up efforts.
The victim, 21-year-old Victor Mendoza, was gunned down in what police call a gang-related shooting.
A violent spike in gang violence in San Jose prompted an emergency community meeting and a candlelight vigil Monday night.
San Jose police and city officials are holding an emergency meeting Monday evening in response to a spate of violence in the city.