In December, we tracked 92 shooting incidents in Philadelphia, including nine double shootings and two triple shootings, for a total of 105 gunshot victims, based on original reporting, media reports and other sources at the GunCrisis Reporting Project.
The youngest victims included a four-year-old boy, who was wounded in an incident during which his father was also shot, and two girls, ages four and eight, who were injured in separate accidental shootings.
The list of victims also includes a 14-year-old girl and three adult women, including one who was shot to death.
Twenty-three of the victims were pronounced dead on the day they were shot and another 17 were initially reported in critical condition.
The oldest victim was a 63-year-old man and the average age of the known victims was 24. One gun suspect was shot and killed by police.
December totals represent a steep rise from the 64 incidents, 68 victims and 17 fatalities we counted in November, but still add up to less than the 111 people who were shot in Philadelphia during October and the 140 people wounded or killed in August.
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