San Bernardino, Ca., still healing from last December’s terror attack, has seen a surge in violence this year unlike any it has faced in decades, reports the Los Angeles Times. With four months left in 2016, there have been 150 shootings and 47 slayings in the city of 216,000. It had 44 homicides all of last year, including the 14 people killed by terrorists.
The city is now on track to have more murders than in any year since 1995, when 67 people were killed, and there is no clear explanation why. Residents and officials point to a police force hobbled by budget cuts and attrition. The budget situation was bad last year too, and the homicide rate was far lower. San Bernardino has had about as many homicides as Oakland, which has nearly twice the population. San Jose, almost five times more populous than San Bernardino, has had 35 killings. If the current pace continues, San Bernardino will end the year with a homicide rate of about 31 per 100,000 residents. Chicago’s rate last year was about 18; Los Angeles had seven. In addition to the 47 homicides, three people have been killed by police. Los Angeles Times