rim­i­nol­o­gists said that upticks in Pomona and River­side County are hard to explain, but that it is far too early to declare any major trends. In smaller com­mu­ni­ties, local­ized issues such as gang dis­putes and reduced police patrols can result in more homi­cides. Often it can take time for police to create strate­gies that bring down the vio­lence, they said.

Homi­cides are often just a matter of inches about where a shot goes,” said James Alan Fox, pro­fessor of crim­i­nology at North­eastern University.

 

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