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San Bernardino police address public as city reels from recent uptick in violence

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Police recover a revolver used in a gunfight in a San Bernardino park in which two men were killed, a woman gravely injured and another man shot in the foot.

Bullets are flying all over San Bernardino lately, and yesterday law enforcement officials held a public meeting to discuss the uptick in violence -- preceded by yet another killing that morning.

Police arrested 21-year-old Esequiel Cisneros of Rialto in connection with a Tuesday morning shooting that left one San Bernardino man dead and two others wounded. It was the city’s fifth killing this week, the 12th this month and at least the 20th this year, indicating a murder rate not seen since the 1990s, according to the San Bernardino Sun.

The victim, 19-year-old Gregorio Gonzales, was shot while visiting a memorial for his friend, 21-year-old Michael Espino, who had been shot dead 16 days prior, the Sun reports.

The shootings seem to be part of an ominous trend, with each new week bringing more bodies and more mayhem, as when a gunfight erupted in a crowded public park on May 6.