In the wake of a frightening shootout that left three people dead, some Stockton leaders have released a video that they hope will show the pride residents have in their city.
The Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau on Saturday published on YouTube a version of the viral "Happy" video set in the city. It features residents dancing to the popular Pharrell Williams song in downtown Stockton as well as at the Asparagus Festival and in the Boggs Tract neighborhood.
The video was posted on the Visit Stockton Facebook page on Monday. It has since been shared more than 400 times.
On Wednesday, a hostage was killed after a bank robbery that led to a chaotic police chase and furious gunbattle in Stockton and Lodi. Two holdup men also were killed; a third, Jaime Ramos, 19, faces three murder charges for the deaths of the hostage - Misty Holt-Singh - and the other two suspects. He also faces 22 attempted murder charges reflecting the number of police officers who were targeted by gunfire.
Convention and visitors bureau CEO Wes Rhea wrote in a Facebook message that the final edit of the "Happy" video was approved the day of the shootout.
"After that terrible day, we felt it may remind our community that we have great people here and we are not defined by a single event," Rhea wrote. "We have great pride in Stockton but every once in a while we are reminded that there are challenges too. We hope the video brings a smile to those who need it!"
Watch the video below.