Wednesday, August 9, 2006
From MercuryNews.com: A random, violent crime wave is sweeping the most urban parts of the Bay Area, producing 150 killings in Oakland, San Francisco and Richmond, and inspiring controversial initiatives to help stem the murderous tide.
In Oakland, where recent victims have included innocent grandmothers and teenagers, homicides are nearly on pace to shatter a 13-year record. This summer, killings are happening, on average, every three days.
"There is a new viciousness in street culture,'' said Andrés Soto, Alameda County health department's violence prevention coordinator. On Tuesday, a 17-year-old allegedly shot at an Oakland officer who killed the youth in return fire. "Violence as a first strike response is part of the national culture now.'' Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]