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San Rafael is "Bombarded with Violent Crime" Says Police Chief

This article was posted on the Marin Independent Journal's website on March 3, 2014.

Here is a summary of article comprised of quotations from the article: 

As San Rafael police continue to investigate a mafia-style shooting Saturday at a downtown restaurant — the fifth gunshot victim in the city in 11 weeks — authorities said those shootings are really just the tip of the iceberg.

In addition, the police department has been coping with a surge of other violent crimes over the past year, including stabbings, attempted shootings, beatings, machete and bottle attacks, even an assault with a pair of bicycle handlebars.

Police Chief Diana Bishop acknowledged Monday that the department is being bombarded with violent crime cases...

Police said a Hispanic man in a hooded sweatshirt entered the restaurant, walked up to the victim and fired numerous times before running away. ...

The shooting was not even the only major crime that night in the city, which has a population of about 58,000. While police were immersed in the restaurant investigation, they received a report of an assault and robbery in the Canal neighborhood that seriously injured the victim. ...

In a response to an inquiry from the Marin Independent Journal on Monday, the police department provided a list of assaults and murder attempts since March 12, 2013. The roster includes 10 shootings and seven stabbings.  ...

The front page of last Sunday's Marin IJ (March 9, 2014) explains the breadth of a recent sweep from northern to southern Marin.

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