STOCKTON, CA - Two different crime statistics are discouraging to both Stockton police and Mayor Ann Johnston.
There have been seven homicides in Stockton in the month of September and police have not been able to make a single arrest in those cases.
"It's been a bad month for homicides and crime," Johnston said.
Police spokesman officer Pete Smith said the investigation is running into hurdles because the homicides involve gangs.
"Unfortunately, in the gang life, not talking with police is more important than bringing those to justice," Smith said. "Eventually, we find people who get tired of this and the only thing that brings an end is their cooperation."
Smith said it's also a problem that potential witnesses are afraid to help, because of retaliation.
"Contact the Stockton Police Department. You can remain anonymous," Smith said. "Let's get that information to detectives and get people responsible off the street."