According to the latest update at phillypolice.com, 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 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.
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.