Monthly shooting victim tally plummets during November in Philadelphia


During November, the GunCrisis Reporting Project tracked 64 shooting incidents across Philadelphia, including four double shootings, for a total of 68 victims, based on our original reporting, media accounts and other sources.

This represents a nearly 40 percent decrease when compared with 111 shooting victims in October and more than a 50 percent drop from August, when 140 people were or wounded or killed.

However, December began with an exceptionally violent weekend, leaving seven people dead and eight more wounded by gunfire. Five people were shot to death in one 24-hour span, including three within one hour early Sunday morning.

Police removed the body of a shooting victim from this house in Tioga on Saturday and found another dead man at the same location one day later.

At least 17 of November’s shooting victims were pronounced dead soon after they were shot, including a man who was shot at least eight times, and two women. Five more women were among the wounded.

Another 12 victims were initially reported in critical condition, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the face.

The youngest victim was a 10-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the hand, possibly by another child. The oldest victim was a 59-year-old man, wounded during a home invasion robbery. Of the 58 victims identified by age, the average was 26.

Seven people were shot on the November 4th, but there were three days without a single shooting victim. Two armed suspects were shot and killed by police during the month, and another man was shot to death by a shopkeeper during an apparent break-in.

Four people were shot, one fatally, in three separate incidents on the same block on Dennie Street in the Nicetown section of the city.

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