San Jose's homicide total for the year is the highest since 1991 and the pre-Three Strikes Law era. The latest victim was an 18 year old teenage boy. Called to the scene to investigate what appeared to be a car crash, police found the victim laying several feet away from the crashed vehicle. The injuries however were not from the accident, but rather a gunshot wound.
At present there are no suspects and no known motives for the shooting. San Jose's 44 homicides are on the heels of last year's total of 40 which doubled the 20-year achieved in 2010. While the ratio of population to homicide and violent crimes still remains quite high, especially when compared to some neighboring Californian metropolises, it still presents a large concern to the community.