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Police in San Bernardino are investigating another murder in their jurisdiction. It's the 17th murder this year, compared to 13 at the same time last year, part of a trend that surprises few residents. Jacob Rascon reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 23, 2012.
The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating yet another slaying in their jurisdiction, part of trend that, while alarming, doesn't have many crime-inured residents surprised.
Officers say around midnight Tuesday, a man was shot to death in the driveway of a home. That makes 17 murders so far this year, compared to 13 at the same time last year.
That’s not counting the body found buried in a backyard on Tuesday, because that has not officially been ruled a homicide.
“There have been quite a few in the most recent time," police Lt. Paul Williams said of the recent killings. “The homicide unit is diligently investigating all of these incidents.”
Maggie Galina lives down the street from the scene of the most recent murder.
“Very often, I hear shots over there, over there,” she says. “It’s normal here.”
Police don’t have any suspects in the latest shooting, though they arrested the owner of the property where it happened for a different killing.
Police do have a theory about the recent spike in violent deaths.
“Most of the people involved in these have chosen a lifestyle -- either gang involvement, narcotic involvement or something with a violent nature,” Lt. Williams said.
Whatever the reasons behind the violence, Maggie and others wish it didn't happen so close.
"I got really shaky,” Maggie said, “because it sounded really close."