Grim milestone: Philadelphia surpasses 300 homicides in 2012

A crowd gathers at the scene as medics treat a shooting victim on Wallace Street near 17th in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia earlier this month. Photograph by Joseph Kaczmarek for the GunCrisis Reporting Project.

According to the latest update at, 301 homicides have been reported in the city of Philadelphia so far in 2012.

In 2011, eighty-two percent, or 265 of the total 324 victims were murdered with guns, according to District Attorney Seth Williams, speaking during his recent State of Crime in Philadelphia presentation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The orange icons on this map — generated using — represent reports of assaults with deadly weapons across Philadelphia during the past six months. The blue icons represent multiple reports at the same location.

The latest weekly update of major crimes provided by the Philadelphia Police Department includes year-to-date reports of more than 3,000 robberies involving guns and near 2300 aggravated assaults with guns.

Two women are among the most recent victims. Johnika Tiggett was killed by a stray bullet Friday in Nicetown and Rasheedah Blunt was shot to death in her North Philadelphia apartment Tuesday night.

Total violent crime reports in the city are now running one percent below 2011, year-to-date. This represents a notable improvement since last spring when Philadelphia homicide reports were running more than twenty percent ahead of last year’s pace.

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