STOCKTON, CA - Gathered in Victory Park, about 250 Stockton residents listened to city leaders and learned about ways they can fight back against crime in what some call the city's "family room."
The Wednesday evening meeting had to be moved outside to accommodate a much larger than expected crowd.
"I'm just looking out here and this crowd is way beyond expectations of who would show up tonight," Stockton police Chief Eric Jones said.
The meeting was called after two especially violent crimes in recent days that took one man's life and left a disabled man badly beaten.
Armando Pina was shot to death during a robbery over a gold chain he was wearing.
The meeting opened with a prayer for Pina and then Stockton City Council member Susan Eggman began with an appeal to fight back against crime.